September 7, 2011

Fly Fishing Art

Facebook Feature of the week

I have decided to post one cool thing I find on Facebook each week.  There are so many cool articles, pictures and videos that I come across.  This week I wanted to share some fly fishing art that I saw.  Travis Sylvester has posted a few art pieces that I think are awesome. Check out travzart, this is website.

below are some samples taken from his site.

Here is also, in his own words, info about his art.

I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. I recall entering a drawing contest in kindergarten, I believe I drew the cast of the Peanuts, complete with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, etc. and winning a ribbon or something. I continued drawing through school and always enjoyed sitting down with pencils and paper. I was recently reminded, my mom did not take exception to me expressing myself with oil pastels on the walls of my room, in fact she encouraged it. Thanks for being supportive and understanding mom!
In high school, waaaay back in 1988-89, I was introduced to colored pencils by my art teacher Peggy Anderson. She was my favorite teacher and was and is an amazing watercolor artist. She could really see that working with color as opposed to pencil, graphite, or charcoal had really caught my attention, which at that time in my life, catching my attention was tough for anyone to do. My junior year in high school was very difficult having lost my dad to health issues, but I recall Peggy really helping me in art class, which in turn helped me in many other ways.
I continued drawing here and there for a while after school, but picked it up again around 1997. I started drawing some abstract, surreal, and actually kind of weird stuff when I look back at it. I enjoyed being creative and letting what happens happen when it came to my artwork. I had some of my work in galleries in the Salt Lake area as well as a friend’s store in Brentwood, CA. I sold a couple of pieces here in Salt Lake, but got caught up in being a new dad, work, and everything else that happens when your in your 30’s and put the pencils away. Last year, 2009, I felt like I really needed to draw again. It had been about a ten years since I had drawn anything. During those ten years, I had spent a lot of time outdoors. I had gotten reacquainted with nature, fishing and doing the things I did as a kid. I figured it was a perfect time to mesh two things that I enjoy doing.
Since November of 2009, I have completed twelve new drawings, four of which have been commissioned. I entered one of them, “Bonneville Cutthroat” into the Utah State Fair and won two honorable mention ribbons on it. I have been loving the trout drawings, I feel like each one is getting better and I am always looking for the next project. I am in the process of getting some very nice Giclee prints made of my work and look forward to the next phase.

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