Over the years I have never had a problem expressing my love for fishing through my writing. Writing is something that I thoroughly enjoy- assuming that the subject is fishing.
One medium that I used to enjoy expressing my passions in life was art. When I was in high school, my interest in art was at a all-time high, but as soon as I graduated and moved to the east coast, to pursue a professional fishing career, I lost touch, and never so much as picked up a colored pencil since- until now.
The other day I was sitting at my home in Santa Cruz, California, and I was getting kind of bored watching the tube, which is when I had an urge to find an art supply store, and buy a sketchbook and a set of colored pencils. It was a random thought, which turned into a random act, but I am very grateful that I did.
A Different Subject
In my high school days my art seemed to cover varied subject matter. I would spend weeks on end working on everything landscapes to designing screen prints featuring Pink Floyd graphics for shirts I would make for myself and my friends. Though my art was held in high regard by my classmates, I never really thought twice about it.
Now, with almost a decade solely invested in tournament bass fishing, my art has a more focused message- a passion, love and respect for none other than my favorite finned friend- bass.
Just For Fun
When I first started sketching in that sketchbook a few weeks ago, I really had no intention of selling any artwork, and honestly I didn't even think I would keep it up. Though I wasn't completely happy with my first piece, "Battle Scared," my fiancé was impressed, and when I posted it on social media, to my surprise I was flooded with messages from people wanting to buy the original and a copy. Though I had a hard time thinking of my art as something I could sell, I started the next drawing with a mind open to the possibility of selling a limited edition run of prints.
A week later, "Decisions, Decisions," was finished, and I posted it online and found that people again wanted to buy it. Since then, I have created one other piece of artwork, that has been very popular, called "Moon Stalker," and I am beginning to get very excited about the possibility of making this something I can do while I'm not on the water.
All About Passion
One thing I have learned over my short lifetime is that you might as well pursue the things that make you happiest. I have never been afraid to go head-on into a new venture I am passionate about, and art is the same way.
I have a lot to learn about my particular artistic style, and the techniques that are involved with all the different mediums, but as excited as I always am about figuring out how to catch fish, I am excited to grow as an artist- and I am very excited to have the opportunity to share my passion for fishing through my art.