Monday, June 22, 2015

The brook trout:  A male brook trout in full spawning attire is perhaps the prettiest of all trout, though not a trout at all.  Salvelinus fontinalis, the Latin name for brook trout, is actually a member of the char family, a close relative of trout.  The historic indigenous distribution of brook trout includes the northeast portion of the United States and Canada, plus down along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains.  It was the only true native trout in the Catskills and New York State requiring the purest and coldest of waters.  In most of its remaining habitat a nine inch brook trout might be considered big, anything over a foot a monster.

The brook trout appearing in the painting below was caught, and released, back into its East Branch of the Neversink, one of the few remaining Catskill streams that still harbors a good population of wild brook trout, much like the days Theodore Gordon roamed these waters.

Salvelinus fontinalis 11x14 (SOLD):

Monday, April 20, 2015

Port St. Lucie:  Tradition Field and Port St. Lucie, Florida, spring-time home of the NY Mets.  And, here’s a bird that got up early at the Vitalia Community, hoping to watch Matt Harvey pitch, or maybe catch a fish.

Early bird, Port St. Lucie, FL, 11x14 (Sold):

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Lucy, along the Saint Lawrence:  Benjamin Franklin once noted, There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.”  Well in today’s day and age one might get in trouble about the “old wife” remark, but old dogs still remain man’s best friend.  The landscape below depicts Lucy, a faithful loving Labrador retriever, along the Saint Lawrence River, the international border between Canada and New York State.

Lucy, along the Saint Lawrence, 11x14 (SOLD):

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fifteen arches, the Dividing Weir Bridge:  New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) announced the Dividing Weir Bridge, also known as Fifteen Arches, will be reduced to a single lane of traffic beginning February 25th, 2015 until the fall of this year.  The century-year-old bridge is due for repairs.  It separates both basins--- upper and lower--- of the Ashokan Reservoir and serves as the only causeway across NYC’s impoundment.  Sometime during the next decade it will be replaced entirely.

The landscape below was originally painted as a 5”x7”, but was commissioned to be redone as an 11”x14”.

Fifteen Arches, 11x14 (SOLD):

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Winter on Rondout Creek:  American naturalist John Burroughs wrote glowingly about the Rondout Creek.  In his essay “Speckled Trout” he called this headwater brook “one of the finest trout streams in the world”.  And in “A Bed of Boughs” he wrote, “The scenery was wild and desolate in the extreme, the mountains on either hand looking as if they had been swept by a tornado of stone.”  Plus, “My eyes had never before beheld such beauty in a mountain stream.”  Yet one wonders if this well-traveled natural historian ever laid eyes on the upper Rondout Creek during the winter months, which seem to fill about a third of any calendar year in this mountaintop valley that lies in the shadows of Peekamoose.

Winter at Morrell's, 8x10:

Somehow the powers to be in state government lost all sense of history calling old Morrell's Field now Trailer Field.  How tacky and insensitive; but those who appreciate what once was, can still visual it in that which exists today.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mount Jo:  Mount Jo is located in North Elba, New York in the Adirondack Mountains, on property owned by ADK, and has an elevation of two thousand eight hundred seventy-six feet.  The site of Adirondack Loj, the historic lodge built by Henry Van Hoevenberg Sr., and Heart Lake are located at the base of this picturesque mountain.

Mount Jo, 11x14 (Sold):

Friday, November 14, 2014

Five Arches Bridge:  The Five Arches Bridge in Boiceville, New York has long been an iconic landmark for Esopus Creek anglers.  Many a wild rainbow and brown trout have passed under this viaduct on their spawning runs upstream into the Esopus from New York City’s Ashokan Reservoir less than a mile downriver.

Numerous books and stories about fishing this legendary Catskill stream often mention Five Arches, built in 1911, by name.  Perhaps one of the best stories was written by the late Arnold Gingrich in his book, The Well-Tempered Angler.  Gingrich told of fishing the Esopus one cold, twenty-two degree day, on November 22nd, in the shadows of the arches, falling in and breaking his prized bamboo rod.  Yes, ask any serious Esopus Creek angler where Five Arches is, and they can tell you.

Sadly plans are underway to replace the bridge as it has become a source for flooding the hamlet of Boiceville in recent years.  Nothing is forever.

The landscape below was done from a November photograph of the old bridge taken while standing upstream and flyfishing the Esopus.

Five Arches aflame, 11x14 (DtC):