Scientist takes off clothes to go swimming with belugas. In the wild they will not interact with people wearing clothes.
Chet Reneson - Watercolorist
Today is the start of a short series on the artwork or rather the water color art of Chet Reneson. Chet Reneson’s water colors speak to my soul and address two of my favorite pursuits in outdoor sports - flyfishing the subtropics of the Keys and Bahamas as well as duck hunting. I won’t be featuring any of his duck hunting work this time but will save it for the beginning of duck season.
For now I want to focus on his fishing watercolors primarily because Chet’s art reflects for me the month of April when fishing in The Keys, The Everglades and the Bahamas is at its peak especially for flyfishing for bonefish. The image above is going on right now in the backcountry of the Florida Everglades. February, March and April are the first months that tarpon show up in a few select backcountry bays. In this image Chet captures yesteryear with the guide skiff being of the old type before flats boats with their poling platforms appeared on the scene. I can tell it is in the backcountry given the cabbage palms that punctuate the shoreline. Cabbage palms need some fresh water and in the deep backcountry of the Everglades where the saltwater meets freshwater and freshwater dominates is where you start seeing cabbage palms. I can guess from the clouds and the rain falling in the background that this would be taking place late in the winter season/early spring like around April. Notice how Chet captures the spraying water of the leaping tarpon and maintains that imagery on the white backdrop of the clouds - not an easy thing to do I have to imagine with water colors. I actually have this print framed in my own home and I never tire at looking at it. Gazing at this piece always brings me “there”.