Most of my work is custom or commissioned by individuals, groups and businesses, looking for unique, custom artwork. I get requests from all over the globe of all different species, which keeps things fun and constantly challenging me and my skillset.
Here’s a selection of some of the artwork I’ve had the privilege of creating over the past year.
This is a commissioned piece I did for Jeff Cardwell depicting a Peacock Bass launching a surprise attack on a pair of Chalceus. Was a fun piece and the largest fine art piece I’ve done to date. 16 x 20″ on 20 x 24″ watercolour paper. Original Watercolor Pencil artwork by Nick Laferriere
Bull Trout, the apex predator in any mountain stream. Stories from anglers of giant bull trout slashing at their hooked cutty are of the plenty. Their size, their aggression, and their attitude make them one of the most gnarly of the trout family, and are unfortunately forgotten in the art culture of fly fishing.
Here’s a Bull Trout piece I did solely on the WACOM tablet thru Photoshop.
The latest fine art piece I put together. After I completed the Rainbow Trout piece for the Stamp Competition I received a lot of hype and interest from people wanting to purchase prints. Unfortunately I had to sign a contract stating that if I won all rights were to be owned by Manitoba Fisheries. So as to not disappoint too many people, I decided to do up a steelhead piece in similar manner.
I tried a few new things with this piece. For one, I wanted to reach out from the confines of a rectangular border. I achieved this by having different aspects coming out of the traditional frame.
Along the way there’s always obstacles and things I would change for next time. It’s always a new learning experience with every piece I do.
Original Artwork by Nick Laferriere