The Koi fish of mythology tells the tale of a school of golden koi who swam the Yellow River in China upstream. Gaining strength by fighting against the current, the school glimmered as they swam together through the river. When they reached a waterfall at the end of the river, many of the koi turned back, letting the flow of the river carry them away.
The remaining koi refused to give up. Leaping from the depths of the river, they attempted to reach the top of the waterfall. Their efforts caught the attention of local demons, who mocked them and heightened the waterfall out of malice. After a hundred years of jumping, one koi finally reached the top of the waterfall. The gods recognized the koi for its perseverance and determination and turned it into a golden dragon, the image of power and strength.
This painting of shimmering koi is composed between layers of pigment and paint to make a three-dimensional painting of these creatures of beauty and perseverance.
Painting on resin composed from handmade mold