On the Fly

On the Fly

On the Fly – Rainbow Trout

Limited Edition of 100,  18″ x 20″ – $150.00

Open Edition  10″ x 8″ – $30.00

 

Rainbow trout have a pink slash along the flanks but show remarkable variation from one river or lake to another. Within the same water there can be a noted difference in colour and body form. Each river or lake imposes different selective pressures favouring slight differences in the genetic composition of individuals within the gene pool of resident trout. When these differences, produced through mutations, the sexual recombination of genes, or the introduction of transplants are selected for by changes in the habitat, the variant type live longer, healthier lives, and reproduce more of their kind. Over time these trout spread throughout the population from a minority to a majority and are better adapted to the changes in the water and surroundings. Temperature, oxygen, and other chemicals, as well as the predator-prey equation, must be in equilibrium – the amount of foods and chemicals remaining relatively constant to one another even though they themselves are recycled and ever-changing. Quantities from time to time do fluctuate placing stress on the total system. For a balance in nature to exist, controls operate and return the system to a steady state. The trout population in a river or lake is part of the larger whole. Subtle variations in trout such as colour and body form changes the population, which in part, alters the total system. Variant types may help the trout population adjust to long term shifts in the equilibrium of specific rivers and lakes and provide the basis for survival and evolutionary change. Irreversible, unsteady states result in death and extinction.

In the composition, “On the Fly,” a rainbow trout exhibits its sterling qualities as a leaping, wild, fighting game fish. Caught in the upper lip, it jumps and twists to rip away the hook. The line tightens and the rod bends. It fights for slack line. Unable to shake or tear free from the hook, the rainbow falls backward into the water. The focus is on the action – the fish and the battle to free itself. The fish, hook and line, all play a role in the quest for freedom. Each is treated with detail and realism. The surroundings are more impressionistic. They are intended to contrast the hard objective reality of the contest with the soft more subjective treatment of the landscape depicting freedom, then peace.

On the Fly