The inspiration for this artwork was a recent family fishing trip. The artwork shows three generations and it reminded me of the times that I would go fishing with my father and grandfather. On one of those trips, I noticed that my grandfather did not bring a fishing pole, we used bamboo poles back then! I asked him, Granddaddy where is your fishing pole. I recalled that he smiled and said, "Grandson, I have caught plenty of fish in my day, now I enjoy watching you." I said, 'O.K.' and I remember thinking, that does not seem much fun! Well, today, I understand!
The composition of the artwork starts with the man standing - intensely looking at his fishing rod. Your eyes move across the scene to the young boy sitting on the clay banks, maybe a little bored with the lack of catching anything. Then you notice the older man with his arms folded walking towards you. On the clay and sandy banks, you see caste shadows from the vertical trees to the right with different hardwoods and pine trees. Now, you are ready to float in the water which provides contrasting horizontal waves with its reflection of the distant clay bank and tree. You see the reflection of the sky and clouds as the lake moves away from you to meet the trees and the blue sky in the distance.
I enjoyed creating this artwork and recalling the serenity of fishing.