Here’s a blast from the past, one of a group of paintings I made after a couple fly fishing trips to Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Yellowstone I made with my friend East Texas Red, back in the early 90s. I think this one is from 1992. It’s called Special Sauce, it’s acrylic on canvas and it’s about 54 inches square. Anyone who has spent any time out that way will know what the title refers to. The photo looks a little more intense than the actual painting, which is just a wee bit paler. Blame the lazy photographer (me…I snapped the shot with my phone)
There are two paintings from this time I’ve never exhibited, this one, which is hanging down in my little basement studio and one other which I have upstairs in a bedroom we’ve converted to painting storage. One larger painting called Shack Nasty, which was also inspired by those fly fishing trips, has a good home. Two others – both exhibited in the c.1996 exhibition – Getting the Fuck out of Dodge and Beef Trout Karaoke, were destroyed several years ago.
I don’t know why this painting didn’t wind up in an exhibition at the time. As it turns out it’s one of those pictures that continues to resonate with me, even after all these years. I’d love to find this one a home one day, but in the meantime, I’m enjoying it down in the studio. I hope you enjoy it too.