My love for orcas can be seen in many of my early works, such as this one. The orca is known for interpersonal skills with family members and being highly intelligent. I wanted to put a different spin on this animal and show the often cold and harsh environment it fishes in. As a mammal the orca needs air to breath. I painted this orca about moments before knowing if it would be able to break the ice and breach the surface. I call it Breakthrough as there is no doubt in my mind the orca would fight to make it to the surface. These are animals that are built to survive.