"Headwaters of the Baptsim" Oil on 24 x 36-inch canvas.

Both deer and pheasants remain extremely wary in the weeks following the close of hunting seasons.  This behavior is portrayed in "Post-season Jitters," a 21 1/2 x 32 1/2 inch print on canvas; price is $350 each; original is not available.


It's One of those Days
Not all days spent in a dark house go as planned. In this 18 x 24-inch oil-on-canvas, the musky is having better luck than the dark-house angler is.  The decoy is a rendition of a c1920 Oscar Peterson decoy. 13 1/2 x 18-inch prints on canvas of "It's One of those Days" will be available by June 1, 2010, price $95 unframed and $150 framed. The print editions will be limited to only 100 on canvas and 100 on paper. Original is available. Email for price.
Caught Off Guard

 

"Caught Off Guard" is a 30 x 40-inch oil on canvas.  I chose this title because there is an array of confusion and panic in this scene. For one thing, the trophy pike has just surfaced and is diving toward the boat while the fisherman is reeling frantically to bring in the slack.  He has seen the size of the fish and is certain that this is the same pike he had encountered on a previous trip.  Will it again entangle in whatever obstruction had abruptly ended the last battle?  The No. 740 Heddon Punkinseed in the bluegill pattern appears to be a stretch from the true colors of a real bluegill, but to the pike the lure was lunch.  Now, the predator's pre-occupation with lure, line, and the mysterious force at the other end does little to comfort the scattering school of bluegills, and unforeseen events are about to play out.  The stage has been set, and the actors will find their respective places in the food chain, where the weakest link is created by being caught off guard.

Signed and numbered limited edition prints (edition size = 500) (image size = 18 x 24 inches) are available at $50 each. Print will fit a standard 24 x 30-inch frame to allow 3-inch mat borders. Artist proofs (limited to 25 total) are available at $75 each. Original is available, email for price.


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A Royal View
In the dawning light of a quiet autumn morning--somewhere within a one-day ride of Elk Horn Ranch--is a place so beautiful that it was no wonder Theodore Roosevelt marveled at its vistas. It was because of his exemplary foresight that these North Dakota badlands, rich in history and wildlife, have been set aside for the generations--and to them the elk have returned.

Two sizes of signed and numbered giclee prints on canvas are available. The 12 x 24-inch size are available for $175 each and the 18 x 36-inch size (limited edition of 500) are available at $400 each.  Two sizes of signed and numbered artist's proofs (limited edition of 50) are available at $250 each for the smaller size and $500 each for the larger size.  24 x 48-inch original oil on canvas is also for sale.  Email for price.  Artist's proof No. 1 of 50 was auctioned in March 2009 at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's (RMEF) Elk Camp at Ft. Worth (TX) Convention Center.
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Morning Retreat
"Morning Retreat" is of a mule deer seeking its bedding area within the cover of a ravine.  Signed and numbered 16 x 20-inch giclee prints on canvas (edition limited to 500) are available at $195 ea.  Signed and numbered artist's proofs (edition limited to 50) are available at $300 each.  The 16 x 20-inch original (oil on canvas) is also available, email for price.
 

16 x 20-inch oil on oval canvas.  Cuthroat and rainbow trout are common in the western states, especially in Wyoming.  Both species are compatible with the other, meaning they spawn together.   The resulting hybrids are called cutbow trout, and they carry traits of both the rainbow and the cuthroat trout.  Examples of these traits are the black speckled spots and full-length body stripe of the rainbow trout, and the distinct orange markings on the belly, throat, and gill plates of the cuthroat trout. If you haven't seen one of these hybrids before, let me to intoduce you to a Wind River cutbow.

Prints currently are not available, but the original is.  Email for price.


Wind River Cutbow
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The Dark House Connection

The old man stood in a dark house instinctively working his jig stick and gazing into the semi-lit depths below.  At the end of his line, a wooden decoy swam in a mesmerizing circle as though turning back the hands of time with its counter-clockwise movement.  Seconds ticked the time back to the late nineteen-thirties when a day in the dark house usually meant bringing food to the table, and when each outing became an additional lesson in subsistence spearing.

 

 

As he gazed through the hole and into the depths, he remembered the first time when as a boy he had stood next to his father and watched; but being so young, his attention span was short.  Then one day he again stood with his father, and on that day a large pike suddenly appeared under the hole.  It was the first pike he had seen under water, and he became very excited about it. He watched the fish bump the decoy on the first pass as the pike instinctively tried to send the decoy into shock.  At first the boy's shouts of excitement interrupted his father's concentration, but when the pike came back a second time the boy's father was ready and his spear connected just as rows of sharp teeth sank into the decoy.  From that day on, the boy was always eager to follow his father to the dark house.  After all, he had discovered that there was more to spearing than just putting food on the table; this was actually fun!  He also remembered the day when his father constructed a second dark house just for him--a day that meant he had earned his place on the ice.  As the years passed and the boy became a man, he acquired the steadfast patience of his father.

 

 

His father was gone now.  Ten years had passed since they last spent an evening carving, pouring lead, and painting decoys, and he wished it could happen just one more time.  Each year on this day he would come back to the lake where they had spent so much time together, and where he had spotted that first pike some fifty years earlier. And just as it was on that day, there it was, off to the right…coming in fast!  But this pike looked much larger than the one he had seen fifty years ago.  Suddenly, a young excited voice broke the silence. “Grampa! Grampa!  A big one!  Get him Grampa!”

Signed and numbered prints on acid-free, 80 weight paper (edition limited to 250, image size 13 1/2 x 18 inches) are available for $50 each.  Signed and numbered artist's proofs (edition limited to 25) are available at $75 each.  Signed and numbered prints on canvas (edition limited to 250 and image size of 14 x 18) are available for $95 each.  The original oil on canvas is not available, but can be seen at the Minnesota Fishing Museum in Little Falls where it is on permanent display.

 

 


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Golden Memories

"Golden Memories" is a North Dakota farmstead, its structures now vacant and slowly deteriorating.  Imagine this place at one time filled with the laughter of grandkids playing in the yard, the joy and thanksgiving of reaping a bumper wheat crop at the end of a good season, and the tears and worries in those years when the crops were not so good.  It is human nature that we try to remember the best things in our lives, memories that flow in us like a gentle breeze through golden wheat fields; refreshing the spirit, comforting the mind, and bringing appreciation to us for the good times we've had.

Limited edition (1,500), signed prints 12x36-inches (image size 8x30-inches) are available at $50 each. Seventy-five artist proofs are available at $75 each. Two hundred prints have been set aside as a hand-painted edition at $150 each. These will be partially handpainted so that the prints will be individually different. Original is unavailable.


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Moonlight and Mayflies

Summers are short in the north country, and so one soon learns to appreciate every performance of nature. One of my favorite performances has always been the mayfly hatch.  They are mysterious little insects, living only a day or two; but we learned to wait, and watch, and admire these fragile creatures of God.  On most evenings, having caught enough trout, I would quit fishing by dark, but on this day I couldn't pull myself from the stream quite yet. It might be an entire year before I again had the chance to enjoy an evening filled with moonlight and mayflies.

Moonlight and Mayflies, brook trout, signed and numbered edition size 500, image size 11 x 13 7/8-inches. $40 each, artist proofs limited to ten are $75 each. Original oil is unavailable.


 
Escorts on the Redd

 

"Escorts on the Redd" portrays steelhead in their spawning colors. The fish migrated many miles in the river and have lost the bright chrome color that they had at the begining of their annual journey. Signed and numbered prints limited to 500. Image size 13 1/2 x 18-inches, $40 each. Artist proofs are limited to ten, $75 each. Original 18 x 24-inch oil on canvas is available, email for price.


 
In Hot Pursuit

The year was 1911 when most of the virgin pine had already been cut from the northern Wisconsin landscape and some of the last sawmills in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls were begining to close.  At the same time, Omer F. Immell, of Blair, Wisconsin recieved patent No. 990984 for a fishing bait he had designed and named the "Chippewa Bait."  The Chippewa Bait is unique, having a rectangular hole cut into the wood body and a screw-type spinner mounted within this opening.  This lure was produced in a musky size and was an favorite up and down the Chippewa River and other northern Wisconsin musky waters.

Twelve years later, the Winter Dam was constructed to form the largest reservoir and 4th largest lake in Wisconsin.  With 233 miles of shoreline, 15,300 surface acres, 140 islands, and depths to 92 feet, the Chippewa Flowage soon became a tremendous musky fishery.  The world learned of the flowage in 1949 when Louis Spray caught a 69 pound, 63 1/2 inch world record musky from a place called the "Log Jamb" (Log Jam). The record has not been broken since, but many people believe a new record could again come from the Chippewa Flowage.  Serious musky hunters  dream of holding a new world-class title, but in reality they know that that would only be frosting on the cake.  For them, the real thrill of the hunt is watching a trophy fish follow the bait to the boat, seeing it strike within oar-length distance, and experiencing the ensuing battle.  It's this large appetite for excitment and forage that keeps both hunter and musky in hot pursuit.

"In Hot Pursuit", musky following a ca1911 Chippewa Bait in an anonymous lake, image size 20 x 30-inch, signed and numbered edition size of 500. $50 each. Artist proofs limited to twenty five, $75 each. Original oil on canvas is unavailable, featured on the cover of the 2004 Vintage Lure Calendar and in the November 2003 issue of Classic Angling Magazine, a UK publication.


First-light Steelhead

First-light Steelhead is a 30 x 40-inch oil on canvas inspired primarily by my days spent on the Brule River of northern Wisconsin.  However, the painting is of an anonymous location, a composite of several rivers I have fished: the Brule, the Baptism and Knife rivers of Minnesota, and the Huron River of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; it might even remind some of a west-coast stream or Canadian steelhead waters.  Its location really isn't that important.  What’s important is the anticipation of that first bump, the gentle pick up of the drifting bait, the set, the thrill of a powerful steelhead ripping line in a mad dash for freedom, and sharing a day on the river with a close friend—experiences that engrave memories of early morning trips to steelhead waters when the sun, still below the horizon, beckons us with its first light.

Signed and numbered prints (18 x 24 inches) are available both on paper and on canvas.  Paper prints are limited to 100 edition size and are $95 each.  Canvas prints are also limited to 100 and are $195 each. Original is available, email for price.


 

 

In 1906, a group of friends formed a club called "The Moonlight Bass Club" in Paw Paw, Michigan.  This group worked days and could only fish at night. One of its members, Horace (Emery) Ball, worked at the court-house building as a janitor and carved hand-made wooden lures in his spare time in the basement of the building.  Two years later he and another club member, Charles E. Varney, formed the Moonlight Bait Company and produced the Moonlight Floating Bait #1.  This painting takes us back in time to that more simple era when casting home-made lures from a wooden rowboat brought more pleasure than we can ever dream of despite our larger pay checks and advanced technology in fishing gear.

Prints are limited to 500 edition size, signed and numbered, and available at $40 each. Prints measure 16 x 20-inch, with an image size of 12 x 15 1/2-inch to allow matting in a standard frame. Artist's proofs limited to twenty five at $75 each. Original is avaiable, email for price.


Moonlight on Paw Paw lake
 
Podunk Browns

 

The Anunson brothers arrived in Florence County, Wisconsin in 1879 to cut virgin pine and to float five million board feet (logs) down the Popple River.  One of Anunson's crews constructed a log dam while others cut pine during the winter of 1879-80.  The dam was named Podunk, which comes from Algonquian dialect meaning a boggy, marshy place.  In the spring of 1880 the first log drive on the Popple River began.

When I arrived on the scene eighty years later, parts of the dam were still in place, and brown trout lay under the crisscrossed logs that had formed its gates and tailrace.  The dam was one of several located near where I grew up, but they have deteriorated significantly since then, and one day they will be gone forever---reason enough for me to capture on canvas one of my favorite childhood destinations where I could find solitude and hungry Podunk Browns.


Signed and numbered prints limited to 500 edition size available at $40 each. Prints are 18 x 24 inch, with an image size of 13 1/2 x 20 inches to allow matting in a standard frame. Artist proofs limited to twenty five, $75 each. Original 18 x 24-inch oil on canvas is available, email for price.


 
 
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Shore Lunch at the Cabin
"Shore Lunch at the Cabin" is a commissioned 24x36-inch oil on canvas, and is a Lake Superior scene of a cabin, seagulls, lake trout, and a school of smelt.  This shore lunch is a slight divergence from that percieved by most anglers. Prints will not be made.