A Playful Journey
Released September 1999
For us, killer whales are seen as our relatives. We believe that
they live much like we do. They talk, travel and look out for their
family. I have a great respect for them as the killer whale is one
of my primary crests passed down to me and my family from my grandfather,
When I first sketched the design for “A Playful Journey,”
I had two things in mind: I wanted to illustrate a small group of
killer whales and I wanted it to be blue. I was determined to try
to capture the murkiness, depth, and cold of the Pacific Coast waters.
I also attempted to portray the movement of the killer whales through
In my sketches, however, something was still missing. My group
of whales needed an element of fun. I saw a mother with a set of
twins in my mind. The two youngsters skirting in and around their
parent in a friendly game of tag. While the mother concerns herself
with issues of protection of her kids, the little ones are more
interested in the moment.
The print made me think back to my childhood when I would play
endlessly with my brothers and sisters. We would skirt in and around
my mother, no doubt frustrating her countless times. She let us
have our fun and allowed my childhood to be a very playful journey.
“A Playful Journey” is a limited edition
print using the silk-screening method of print-making. Print production
took place during August and September of 1999 at Seacoast Screenprinting
of Victoria B.C. The artist was involved throughout the process
and has ensured that all stencils were destroyed following printing.
A total of 119 prints bear the title “A Playful Journey”
and are signed by Andy Everson: 99 in the primary edition bearing
the numbers 1/99 through 99/99; 9 Artist’s Proofs; 9 Remarques;
and 2 Printer’s Proofs. The acid-free 100% Stonehenge paper
measures 18x18 inches. Image size measures about 15x15 inches. Two
shades of blues were used during printing.