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Galen Mercer's Fly Fishing Art

Posted on August 01 2008

When we queried artist Galen Mercer, who is MidCurrent‘s featured artist this month, on the background to his saltwater work, he had a very interesting response: “It was July in Key West and hotter than hell both times. We chased permit all over the place, and were chased by vigorous tropical storms in turn. I loved it, and recall being especially floored by the ocean colors, which resembled glazes on ancient Chinese pottery. As we had lots of weather, that is where I put the emphasis. These are brushy, rather fluid things, each done in one session.” If you take a look at his paintings of Keys waters, you may find it hard to believe that they were painted in a single sitting. But maybe that is what it takes to capture the light of thunderstorms, which is both brilliant and foreboding.

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