Artwork Statement: “Following The Wrong Gods Home” (River Stones series)

river stones oil painting


As a culture, we’re following false gods, and our rivers, salmon, and resident orcas are paying the price.

While hiking in the North Cascades, I emerged from the woods onto the banks of the Skagit River, onto a beach covered in beautiful river stones. The Skagit is the largest and most biologically important river draining into Puget Sound. It is home to a major salmon run, as well as the largest feeding site in the country for the American eagle. The Skagit is also of critical importance to the survival of Puget Sound Orcas, whose main source of food is the chinook salmon who migrate up the Skagit to their breeding grounds.

Each of the paintings in this series takes its title from poetry that celebrates the truth in nature, and the misguidance in following the wrong gods home.