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painting of Coho salmon

Gwenn Seemel
Save the salmon, all three genders (Coho salmon)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

Water isn’t all that easy to paint, but it’s something I got to work on with this series in this painting of salmon as well as in this one of a shark, this one of a marlin, this one of a blue whale, this one of dolphins, and this one of orcas among others. To learn more about the making of Save the salmon, all three genders, watch this vlog. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

And some species can’t be described in terms of “girls” and “boys.”

Some male Coho salmon return to the rivers from the ocean to spawn after just two years.  These males are called jacks and, though they are smaller than the males or the females who return after three years, they are mature males whose offspring can be any of the three genders of Coho salmon.