Last week I was fortunate enough to sit down with the crew of the Chi Wulff Fly Fishing Blog for an interview about my art. Here is a quick excerpt, visit chiwulff.com for the full interview:
“What are you most intrigued with right now in the fly fishing art world? What plans do you have on the horizon for your art?”
“I love exaggerated and bold colors, high contrast and saturation. To me this just makes the final piece pop. It is not meant to be accurately realistic but to me that is how I interpret the memory and focus in on what made that fish special or unique. Fish are fun to paint because each one has such unique markings and coloration. There can be so much variety even within one species.
I go in phases of what gets me jazzed to spend hours at a desk or easel and create something. Landscapes are something I hope to get better at. I mess around with other wildlife on occasion. I really like painting birds and hope to get better at that too. Time and time again though I keep coming back to fish, and more specifically trout. I like having a niche to focus on, but also don’t want to get burnt out on one species or style of painting. Currently I am really into close up interpretations of fish skin. I like working large enough to be able to use a sizable brush and show texture in the brush strokes and contrasting colors.
As for the future of E Markie Art, I am not exactly sure! But that’s ok. My hope would be that I can somehow use art to inspire others to be more connected to the outdoors in some way. I would also like to use art to give back in some way, maybe working more with local conservation groups to preserve what we have left of our outdoor environments. Recently I was fortunate enough to work with the Bitterroot Chapter of Trout Unlimited to create a unique piece used to raise money for protecting and enhancing the wild trout. I hope to form more partnerships like this in the future.
I guess if I had to sum up the future of E Markie Art I just hope I can continue to create some badass paintings that people actually want to hang up in their homes! It is neat to think about your art being displayed in a stranger’s house or in some far away place.”
Thanks again Chi Wulff!