Angling Art: “The Stand,” by Galen Mercer

“The Stand,” Oil on Canvas, 2013.
by Galen Mercer

Editor’s note: Here’s the second installment of a new series on angling art. We’ll try to post a new painting, drawing, or sculpture every Wednesday. If you have any suggestions for artists we might feature, let us know below.

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. Here’s what he had to say about this painting:

I paint very few descriptive sporting scenes, but couldn’t resist doing this one. It’s a moment we’ve all had. The fish is off stage, just a concept, while the focus becomes the dawning realization you’re in over your head. Panic attends—should I stand or should I follow? In my mind, he loses the salmon. . .

You can see lots more of Galen’s art, including great landscapes and nature scenes, at the Galen Mercer Sporting and Fine Art website.

4 thoughts on “Angling Art: “The Stand,” by Galen Mercer”

  1. Phil, I love the angling art series. “The Stand” is classic and evokes all kinds of memories and dreams. We have a very good artist here in north Georgia that I think deserves recognition. His name is Broderick Crawford (yep, that’s actually his name} and here’s a link to his website:

    Broderick is a member of the Rabun Chapter of Trout Unlimited and has made countless donations in the name of conservation. I would appreciate it if you would give him a look.

    Jimmy Harris
    Unicoi Outfitters

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