Eyes on the Prize
Released November 2007
We all have our own pursuits, our own goals and ambitions. We
bury ourselves in these interests, hoping for that promotion at
work or that reward from that game. This determination in setting
goals and achieving them is one of the many things that make us
human. For many of us, though, this can become dangerous. We focus
too hard on keeping our “eyes on the prize” and miss
out on the obvious. We follow that food without realizing that
it’s on a hook. Sometimes I need to remind myself that I
can’t always just watch the prize.
With that said, sometimes the prize is extraordinary. Many visitors
to the coast can attest that catching a large chinook salmon can
be a prize indeed. Often called “spring” or “king” salmon,
the chinook is regarded by many to be a top catch. When the fish
is over 30 lbs, it is often referred to simply as a “Tyee,” meaning “chief.”
Traditionally, my ancestors would often troll for this species
of salmon. They used hooks made from wood and bone and baited with
herring. The chinook would follow the hook, mesmerized by the bait.
They kept their eyes on the prize, not knowing that this singular
determination would be their last. This print is made to celebrate
the gift of the chinook. It is also created to rejoice in our own
ability to focus on a goal and knowing when to back off.
“Eyes on the Prize” is a limited edition print using
method of printmaking. This print was released in November of 2007
and printed by Andy Everson at the artist’s own studio in
Comox B.C. A total of 109 prints bear the title “Eyes on
the Prize” and
are signed by Andy Everson: 99 in the primary edition bearing the
numbers 1/99 through 99/99; 9 Artist’s Proofs; and 1 Printer’s
Proof. The acid-free Moab Entrada 100% cotton rag paper measures
8.5x22 inches. Image size measures about 7x20 inches.