One-of-a-kind original: $995
Image Size: 48” x 24"
I hand printed this Gyotaku, (or fish rubbing) directly from the Salmon on MA rice paper with archival Gamblin Fine Art Inks, in September of 2017. Signed with species, location, my signature, red chop and date.
The surface of this original artwork is sealed with an invisible matte UV coating, it is then applied with archival adhesives to a custom made 1.5” deep hardwood panel which has black enameled sides and mounting slots ready for hanging.
The story: This very large “Buck” or male Salmon is a “native’ (Not hatchery) fish caught by Greg Tibbetts in the early morning of a beautiful September day in 2017, using a fresh cut herring plug and 15 lb line. He was swimming at 25 feet of depth hunting for candlefish and sand lance and was hooked as he was crossing the Nehalem River bar, on the north central coast of Oregon. Better known as a King Salmon, he started out life in the gravel beds of the upper reaches of the river, and then traveled down to the estuary and accustomed himself to the salty waters before setting out on the broad back of the open Pacific ocean for the next 4 to 5 years, most likely traveling over 2000 miles through open waters, only to return full circle to his home river and birthplace. Special note: Although my friend harvested this fish, It is important that we do not keep native fish whenever possible, as they contain the future DNA for the species, without which there would be no hatchery programs…making conservation of wild native salmon stocks is very important to the future of Salmon in America.