total height- 7 1/2
mahogany base- approx. 5 1/4 inches
weight-approx. 3 3/4 lbs.
-signed, numbered limited edition of 250-
-hand-cast & patination by the artist-
-mahogany base hand lathe turned by same-
(includes shipping within contiguous United States.Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and abroad- Contact the artist, James Lynah Palmer, Jr. for shipping)
September 23, 2003
“MOMENTS IN THE STREAM”
An original, limited edition pewter sculpture by James Lynah Palmer, Jr.
People say that April Fools Day is a luckless time of unending pranks and shenanigans.A day when, above all others, one tends to move with a greater care of step and view the approach of others with closer scrutiny. On April 1st, somewhere along the line you usually fall prey to another’s dim humor. For me, in this year, on that day, the events couldn’t have been more the opposite.
April 1st found me beginning my second day of exhibiting my sculpture work in a showon Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Seated at a table to my left were two gentlemen, DavidMouser and Louis Perella. They were introducing a wonderful book that they had co-authored titled FLY FISHING North America. Off and on throughout the first day’s showing, David and I had traded back and forth neighborly conversation. The culmination of our second day’s discussion brought us to the adventure of a project’s beginning.
Over the past year and a half I had been intending to add a fresh water specie fish to my limited-edition pewter sculpture line, Jim Island Miniatures. David suggested that I consider a trout and that he would like his group, Fly Fishing North America, to offer editions through their website(www.flyfishingnorthamerica.com). Throughout that day our ideas bounced from his table to mine. The image focus that congealed was this; a rainbow trout, dancing on its tail nearly free of the water, with a fly in its grasp.
The artwork before you, titled ”Moments In The Stream”, is the proud result of many hours of research and studio time. Photo studies from the book FLY FISHING North America, ongoing conversations with David, many research texts and childhood memories of fishing the mountain streams of North Carolina; all went in the mix when I designed this sculpture.
There is a credo’ that I wrote for myself long ago, a goal that I strive for in all my work, “Wildlife captured, alive…”. Scales glistening, gills flared and fins splayed, with stream-water rising and pouring off; this noble fish leaps and arches, stretching to take the ‘hopper” fly so delicately presented. This is a moment we hope to capture, to live within and remember.
From my April Fools Day brain-storming with author, David Mouser, from the beginnings of that image that our conversation hatched in my mind, here is the harvest offered to you. May it rekindle the ”Moments In The Stream” that you call your own.
James Lynah Palmer, Jr.