Artist Galen Mercer lives along the Battenkill in West Arlington, Vermont. Canadian by birth, he’s the grandson of two painters and the son of another, so it’s kind of in his blood. (He’s also married to Orvis’s own Jaimie Mercer, the subject of one of my favorite fly-fishing photos.) Here are five of his most recent works. Here’s how he describes the project:
For the most part, the works reflect experiences from the earlier part of the Quebec salmon season, when rivers are fullest, and the largest and strongest fish have begun to return. There’s something inexpressibly vital and grand about that period; life is surging back into the valleys, every color is radiantly fresh, and both the weather and sport share an element of roulette. I’ve always been drawn to the force or brio of this time, and hope the paintings might recall a sense of that anticipation, surprise and wonder which Gaspé landscapes seems to embody then.
Of the painting above, he says, “A brilliant day on a full river – the Lower Restigouche is a major study in scale. Panoramic views and vast ranks of Maritime clouds enliven its rugged landscape. Broad and physical, a wonderful and healthy sense of diminution attends this section of the river.”