Super excited to announce that my father, Fred Thomas, just won the Leonard J. Meiselman Memorial Award for Realistic Painting for a piece that was accepted in the 2012 Society of Animal Artists show. His work, called Rocky Bottom Grayling, depicts a couple of those fish in classic habitat, somewhere in the northern latitudes. And it indicates his interest in that fish. I would say that Fred doesn’t really care about the size of a fish, although he’d rather catch some monster rather than a dink any day. He’s more interested in casting dry flies and seeing fish rise than anything else. And grayling are a great species to do just that. They are eager for dry flies and rise like crazy, often leading to days where an angler can land dozens from a single run.
This award comes on the heels of his 2011 Award of Excellence from the Society, for a piece called Plenty for All.
You can see more of Fred’s work at www.fwthomas.com