6 Paintings for Lake Roosevelt Schools: Duck & Fish, 2016

Lucinda Parker
(American, born 1942)

Location: Lake Roosevelt Jr.-Sr. High School, Coulee Dam


Duck & Fish is part of a series of six paintings by artist Lucinda Parker that depict pairs of birds and one lone fish set against colorful, cubist landscapes.

Each painting is bordered by inspiring quotes. The top edge includes the words: "My only drink is meaning from the deep brain, what the birds & grass & stones drink - Seamus Heaney". The bottom edge includes: "With all its eyes the natural world looks out into the open - Rilke".

Describing her choice of subject matter, Parker states "to my mind birds make us see the space around us in a vast enhancement of our own place in nature...Birds are ancient. We have admired them, eaten them, decorated ourselves and warmed ourselves with their feathers for thousands of years. We have a shared history, but they were here first . . . Birds can come back from near extinction, change migratory patterns, sometimes with human help . . . This subtext of redemption interests me."

Parker's plaque for the artwork reads, "Pairs of bird & one lone fish / In a matrix of water & sky, / Clouds & basalt escarpments, / Suns & moons."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Grand Coulee Dam School District.


Portland, Oregon-based painter Lucinda Parker creates landscapes and other compositions in an expressive, cubist style. She uses strong, visible brush strokes and bold colors. Her art expands on her personal interests in the natural world, literature, and music.

Born in Boston, Parker moved to Portland, Oregon in 1969. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She returned to the west coast in the 1970s and became an associate professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, for over thirty years.

MediumAcrylic paint on canvas and wood
Dimensions5 ft 3 in x 9 ft 3 in x 2 1/2 in
ID NumberWSAC2015.007.005
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationOregon, United States
Location Information
AgencyGrand Coulee Dam School District
Artwork LocationLake Roosevelt Jr.-Sr. High School
Cafeteria, wall close to Principal's Office
WA CountyGrant
Site TypePublic School
Address505 Crest Dr.
Coulee Dam, WA 99116
Geo. Coordinates47.971892 | -118.971025
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