Trout Realism

Trout Realism

Artist and author Peter Thompson creates lifelike images of trout...

  • By: Peter Thompson
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The artwork here is excerpted from Freshwater Game Fish of North America: An Illustrated Guide by Peter Thompson, available this autumn from Fly Rod & Reel Books. Thompson has worked as an educator, primarily in the environmental and ecology fields, and has fished across North America. His artwork is in the permanent collections at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Salmon River Hatchery in Altmar, New York; in The New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts; in the Norwalk Maritime Center in Norwalk, Connecticut; and in the Wells Reserve National Estuarine Research Center in Wells, Maine.

 

He lives in Syracuse, New York. The book, which contains more than 150 multi-species color illustrations (from bowfin to steelhead) as well as information about fish biology, behavior and habitats, took about four years to complete. The paintings are remarkably lifelike: “I paint the scales individually using a tool called a tip pen. It’s nothing more than a small plastic jar with a hollow metal point through which the paint is (carefully) squeezed,” Thompson says. “The medium is acrylic with colored pencil and graphite overlaid in thin glazes. My goal is to produce illustrations that capture the look of a living fish.” To order the book, call 1-800-685-7962 or go to the Books section of flyrodreel.com. —The Editors