Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I’m in the middle of this year’s Maine Fishermen’s Forum, where I’m covering a variety of issues regarding local fisheries at the intersection of science and sustainability. What you may not know is that my wife, Karen Talbot, is an immensely talented scientific illustrator and fine artist known primarily for her work with fishes. It gives me great pleasure to announce that Karen is donating a striped bass limited edition giclee print (pictured left) to this year’s Maine Fishermen’s Forum auction.
The auction, officially titled the Scholarship Benefit Auction, provides funds for children of Maine’s fishing families. Since 1998, the Maine Fishermen’s Forum has raised over $284,500 in scholarships. The annual will be held tonight (Friday 6 March). All the money raised will be given out in student scholarships on Saturday night.
Karen completed this original striped bass painting in 2013, and she released 30 limited edition prints at the same size as the original (48″x24″). While the original is sold, there are several limited edition prints remaining, including the one she has donated to the Maine Fishermen’s Forum auction.
As a scientific illustrator, Karen’s work often begins in the field, where she has landed most of the fishes she paints. Her field work includes field notes and sketches, which inform her work once she moves back into the studio. In the studio, she employs specimens and scientific databases to further refine her work. The finished pieces are frequently accurate down to the number of scales along the lateral line.
Karen’s work is collected by anglers and fisheries biologists, as well as others passionate about fishes. In addition to her fine art clients, Karen is a regular contributor to scientific journals and magazines, and her work hangs in natural history museums and is used in scholarly texts on fishes. If you had your heart set on winning this piece but didn’t get it, you can purchase your very own at Karen’s online store or through the Karen Talbot Art Gallery here in Rockland. To see what she is currently painting in the studio, check out the Karen Talbot Art Facebook page.