Once upon a time, at a conference of ichthyologists and herpetologists, I wandered into the vendors' hall between sessions and discovered that I really like paintings of fish, specifically, paintings by an artist named Joseph R. Tomelleri. After much deliberating, I purchased the catfish print above, which the artist signed for me. It has hung in every home office I have had since. In fact, the first question I ask myself when setting up a home office is, Where to hang the catfish?
So imagine my joy yesterday when I went into a book store to buy a calendar, and what should I find but Joseph R. Tomelleri's Trout of North America 2009 Calendar. And at 75% off! (It pays to wait till the year is partly over before purchasing a calendar.)
The pictures are, of course, exquisite. My only question is, Does anyone ever paint the right side of a fish?
About this month's T of the M: "The sea-going coastal rainbow trout is known as a steelhead. The exact derivation of this name is unknown, but may refer to the steely blue color (that of an "ocean bright," fresh from salt water), and its rather blunt, bony head."
This fish is native to the North American Pacific coast, from the Aleutian Islands to just south of the U.S.-Mexico border.