Walleye Willy

“Walleye Willy”
2011

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I have been making art using memories and feelings from dreams and my life and childhood. Turtles, fish and other natural images continue to inspire me. As a 12 year old I used to wade into a waist deep swamp pond near my home in St. Louis to collect newts, frog eggs, glass larvae and fairy shrimps and to study the biological life. That pond has since been drained to be part of a housing development. This image is made from acrylic crackle paste, paint, gels and glazes with a printed photo image of a walleye on an acrylic skin. The floating pigments and gray white transparent acrylic bloom create shapes reminiscent of microbial and planktonic life in lakes and oceans. I have always felt at one with nature and the universe when swimming in oceans and lakes and wading waist deep in swamps and want to share my feelings in these images.