Did you know this was the first painting I created in my retro-style series?  In early 2006 I started pouring through research material re: mid-century illustrators/artists and I got hooked.  I had a vision for a painting of a gal catching a fish, in a vintage boat, with a dog by her side, so I created 20+ sketches.  For some reason I just knew it had to be for Boca Grande (and it had to be a Tarpon – my favorite fish!).  I had Nicole pose in our garage wearing a retro-style bathing suit, holding a vintage Fin-Nor rod and fighting belt.  I hooked her line to the garage door so it would show tension/bend in the rod.  We took about a hundred pics and landed on this pose.  I have to say, she’s still one of my faves.  The original is sold, but canvas prints are available (and the location can be changed, too).

Original_Boca Belle