Painting my way back to the Pacific Northwest

I started painting again after the photo editor at my favorite magazine, the FlyFish Journal reached out to ask if they could use one of my drawings in an upcoming issue. Of course, I said yes. And hopefully they can use it. But now I’m painting every day, wondering why the hell I moved away in the first place.

Sturgeon: Bottom of the River

Nate hates float tubes

Elk River Salmon Fly Fishing

seabass hero shot

Chum Salmon Kilchis

Bull Trout, McKenzie River

Deschutes, spring redside rainbow trout... Broken Rod?

Estuary fly fishing for chinook salmon

Cabezon -- Strait of Juan de Fuca

Kelp Greenling

If you too are wasting away somewhere less than awesome, or waiting for better water conditions… go ahead and pick up a set of acrylic paints and a case of liquor and paint your regrets away.

We’ll post whatever crazy art you send us.

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8 Responses to Painting my way back to the Pacific Northwest

  1. Tony T. says:

    Hey Matt,
    I like your style!!! Thanks for sharing your work! Hope all is well with you and your family.


  2. gl says:

    Great post. Enjoyed the paintings, a good change from the usual fly fishing pics.

  3. Ron A says:

    Those are just tremendous; it’s not easy to achieve the balance of fidelity and whimsy that all these paintings have. The finest things I’ve seen in a long time.

  4. Jackson says:

    These are sick. Dig the bleeding salmon. How big are these?

  5. Arlen says:

    Stick with it Matt, they’re looking good. Hope to see you back here in the land of your dreams one day.

  6. Oregon Fly Fishing Blog says:

    Thanks for the comments guys. I’m painting mostly on 11×17 watercolor paper. But started painting on canvases and boards recently. -MS

  7. Matt Dunn says:

    Those are awesome. You should paint some dirtydirty Ohio scenes too.

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