A while back through the medium of Facebook,, yes it does have its merits, I had the good fortune of making contact with an outstanding Canadian watercolorist, Diane Michelin. Diane who lives on Vancouver Island has a particular interest in flyfishing and that, which encompasses the beautiful environments where this consuming sport is played out. Her artistic talents are reflected in her fine paintings that capture the very essence of fly fishing in all its moods, memorable moments, the people and their companions, the fish and their watery world.
Through our communications she happened upon a photograph that I’d taken of my fishing buddy, Steve Hughes on one of our favourite streams in the Natal Drakensberg Mountains and asked to use it as a reference for a painting. It showed Steve spending a quiet moment as we all do at times, to select a fly in anticipation of fishing the next run. Naturally I was thrilled and happy to agree, and over the next few days was enthralled through posts on Facebook, to see the painting progress and the final result emerge. Typical of her generosity and kindness Diane sent me a signed, numbered print of the original.
In addition she included a copy of the Winter 2012 edition of Fly Fusion magazine in which the painting was used to compliment an article titled, “For the Love of a Son” that brought back memories of my own fishing experiences with my father who passed away many years ago. The parcel was posted in Nanoose Bay, BC, Canada around mid-December 2012 and after more than some concern that it had gone astray on its postal journey from the other side of the world, it finally made it to my local post office a full two months later.
The Parcel and its contents
The little treasure will soon be framed and take its place on the wall of my fly tying nook – thank you Diane. One day when I’m big I may commission an original, until then keep painting – your creative work is inspirational and a joy to behold.
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