A spawning scene of Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, depicting a flaring male and two hens. The name is a play on words to both say they shouldn’t be fished during the spawn (no strings attached) and because they’re spawning and they don’t form pair bonds. (no strings attached).
I had a lot of fun on this one and learned a ton about water reflection/refraction. It took a long time and several repaints to get the water just right.
As with anything, the painting looks better in person and doesn’t translate very well on a computer screen. But alas, it’s the best I can do.
Not quite finished but it’s almost there. Have to finish up the water, add some detail to the trees in the background, add reflections to the rocks, and darken up everything to make it more bold.
Here’s a preview of how it’s coming along.
Finished it. This piece was a great challenge and took forever to finish. I was working on it while I could while up in the Arctic. This piece is based off the rainbows we get in the parkland lakes in Manitoba, particularly the Duck Mountain lakes.
The Manitoba Fisheries Enhancement Stamp Competition allows Manitoba resident artists a chance to compete for their artwork to be chosen to be featured on all the 2014 fishing licenses as well as limited edition prints. The Enhancement Fund procedes go towards management, stewardship, enhancement and conservation of Manitoba’s fisheries.
I was fortunate for my art submission to be chosen by the judging panel for the 2014 Manitoba Fisheries Enhancement Stamp. I was also blown away to be awarded the People’s Choice Award, chosen by the public who’s votes were tallied after being on public display for over a month! Very exciting accomplishment! I can remember as a kid looking at the stamp on my dad’s fishing license, and I couldn’t wait to see the new stamp every year! It’s a lifelong accomplishment for me to have my art now represented on fishing licenses!