This is the third installment of a three-part series exploring color and pattern. I was introduced to fly fishing while traveling in Devon, England in 2013. Since then, I have painted flies to teach myself about fly tying. I am most interested in how every fly is designed to attract a specific fish, mimic a species of insect, or suit an individual stream and weather condition. This series grew out of my carpet project, which sparked an interest in utilitarian artwork. 

I researched fly tying and fishing in the Red Rock Lakes of Montana's Centennial Valley in August of 2015 through the support of the University of Utah's Taft-Nicholson Center. Paintings focus on native species, like the arctic grayling and westslope cutthroat trout. As an artist-in-residence I learned to tie flies and fished in Montana's legendary Widow's Pool. 

Arctic Grayling, Odell Creek, Montana
18x24 inches, acrylic ink on paper, 2015

Brook Trout, Madison River, Montana
18x24 inches acrylic ink on paper, 2015

Rainbow Trout, Madison River, Montana
18x24 inches, acrylic ink on paper, 2015

Yellowstone Cutthroat, Yellowstone River, Montana
18x24 inches, acrylic ink on paper, 2015

Muddler Minnows
12x9 inches, acrylic ink on paper, 2015

Whistlers
12x9 inches, acrylic ink on paper, 2014

Single Hook Salmon Flies, England
10x14 inches, acrylic ink on paper, 2015

Trout Flies of Vermont
8x11 inches, acrylic ink on paper, 2014

Taimen Mouse, Mongolia
10x10 inches, acrylic ink on paper, 2015

Flies of Vermont
9x12 inches, acrylic ink on paper, 2015

Tarpon Flies
9x12 inches, acrylic ink on paper, 2014

Yellow-Black Tarpon Whistler
8x14.25 inches, acrylic ink on paper, 2015