I have been in the studio quite a bit this winter and spring. Most of my time has been painting fish for the Greatwaters Flyfishing Expo that took place in March. This year I took the plunge and payed for a booth. This event was put on by Trout Unlimited this year and it was a great opportunity to get my work out there and have it be seen by people who really appreciate trout. In order to get ready for the event, however, I had to pretty much redo my entire inventory of fish art. Last summer and fall I had the exhibition in Dillon, MT, and sold most of my fish related art. In the last six months, I've completed over 20 new works.
As I continue to paint more and more fish, my technique is getting more advanced and I'm able to complete higher quality work in a shorter amount of time. I think the challenge as an artist is to keep pushing myself. Sometimes this means working on technique. I want my next growth to be about pushing myself to better capture the soul of my visual experiences. I think there is a playfulness...or perhaps a wandering...that might be lost when I get too focused on making it look "right". Don't be surprised to see some looser, more meandering work in the coming months.