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The fish used for this painting was photographed on the Breidalsa River outside of Breidalsvík, Iceland with Strengir outfitters. The salmon was the only one I caught in the early season on my second trip to the island. It was caught on the last day on the only fly I had not used on the trip, a long black eel pattern used for stripers in Cape Ann in Massachusetts. After releasing the fish, it kept circling around me in the eddie of the river. I kept shooting pictures underwater until it slowly swam back into the deep green water. In the near distance, I could see the glaciers that supplied the water for the salmon's home. It was a glorious moment. Ray McLain, who accompanied me on the trip, was the only one who was there to share the moment with me. Even though he passed away a few years later, we will forever be spiritually connected by that trip.
Alberto Rey is a Distinguished Professor at State University of New York at Fredonia in the Department of Visual Arts and New Media. He is also an artist, potter, videographer, writer, an Orvis-endorsed fly fishing guide and the founder/director of a youth fly fishing program, Children in the Stream/4H. His artwork is in the permanent collection of around 20 museums and has been working in over 200 exhibitions. He has written and illustrated two books, Complexities of Water: Bagmati River, Nepal and The Extinct Birds Project. (www.albertorey.com)
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.