Artist: Gabriel Newton
Gabriel feels a great kinship with Orcas, and recently completed paintings of all 73 of the remaining Southern Residents. He hopes that depicting them in his work will help motivate us to restore the Snake River so that the Wild Salmon on which they rely may thrive once again. Central to the subject of his paintings is the sentience of animals, and through his efforts he hopes to inspire awe and reverence for all living things.
When a thread in the web of life is broken, it diminishes our own capacity to thrive. Orcas and Salmon are both very integral threads. We need to restore the oceans and rivers to their former glory. They were once teaming with life. We have not succeeded as a society until we restore Wild Salmon and Orcas as a vibrant and healthy part of this ecosystem.