Spawn IV: Pseudofossil

Size: 48"h x 36"w
Media: Plaster, chinook salmon bones, clam shells, and oil paint on panel

A pseudofossil is a false fossil. Within the context of this painting, the fossilized salmon bone represents extinction, but the name implies hope. The topographical map of the Fraser River and Georgia Strait in British Columbia give the painting a sense of place and intrigue. An article in the Vancouver Sun, April 4, 2005 claimed the Fraser River was BC’s most endangered river for the first time in 9 years. Why? Industrial traffic, logging, mining, over population, development, agricultural and residential pollutants, over fishing, siltation and water extraction for irrigation.