Woody Koning is a long-time resident of Kodiak Island. He came here in his twenties to take a job in commercial salmon fishing and never left. He settled in Chiniak over forty years ago, married Verda and they raised two daughters “off the grid”. Koning fished salmon, halibut, and herring which took him around the archipelago. Koning’s fascination with the beauty of the region and its amazing inhabitants finds its way into his artistic expression. Woody studied art at Foothill College in California prior to arriving on Kodiak Island. His artistic endeavor was somewhat paused as he busied himself with providing for and raising a family. Heart issues put an end to his fishing career and he pursued work as a contractor and developer. Eventually Woody’s heart gave way resulting in a heart transplant which forced his retirement. The time provided by his retirement and better health has allowed Koning to rekindle his work as an artist.