For fathers day I had the special privilege of rendering a record catch for one father from his sons. Caught in a North Carolina stream, this beautiful rainbow was an exciting experience for this angler and his sons wanted to surprise their dad with a wall hanger to remember it.
It had been a while since I picked up the paints so I was eager to get started on this piece. Painting fish not only fills me with joy it also serves to scratch my creative itch while keeping my love of fly fishing alive. I also get great joy out of seeing my work so appreciated by the people that receive it.
I was told by John that his father absolutely loved the surprise and just couldn't stop staring at it after he received it. His smile was permanently set for a long time after the unveiling and it makes me just as happy to contribute to the joy he felt.
For this piece we added to the framing of the painting the actual fly he used to hook the trout that day which only adds to the special nature of this memory.