Today, I decided to go visit someone that I have loved listening to ever since the first note I heard back in the eighties living here in Dallas. I arrived to the Vaughan estate to find Stevie’s gravesite, a half melted blanket of snow and footprints from prior visitors. The thought of coming to see a persons ‘s grave of which I have never met, or known was very strange. I knew quite a bit about this guy, but he didn’t know anything about me. I almost felt like I was invading his space. I was by myself and just 6 feet away from one of the most soulful and talented guitarist ever. I had taken the strings off my Les Paul guitar, that my dad is currently using these days in Dallas, and left them with Stevie. I don’t know why, because I had been stabbing my way through Texas Flood yesterday, my playing is a joke, but felt it would be a way to leave something, a connection to how he has had an impact on my life. Now that I know where he is, I’m sure I’ll visit again.
So, about 4-5 years ago I was working in The FIsh Hawk in Atlanta and a guy came in saying how nice it was to meet me because he knew I painted as well. Of course it was nice meeting him and talking flyfishing artwork as well. Towards the end he offered to show me some of his artwork and of course I wanted to see it. These things happen every now and then and you of course have an idea in your head what the art may look like. I think i had some preconceived ideas, at this time I do not remember what they were.
He pulled his sketchbook out and I was floored. As then, mainly a watercolorist, it was hard for me to be real loose and free with the paint, let it bleed, be messy, let the paint go where it wants, I JUST COULDNT DO IT!!! Well, Mark can, thats what his paintings are. His paintings of fish are living and breathing on the paper, they swim. They are dripping with water as the fish is captured with watercolor as it is being surfaced and shown off. If you are not familiar with Mark’s work, check it out. I have seen it pop up in some magazines and it deserves to be everywhere. Hopefully someday he will want to trade a painting with me!
We are giving this away on Flood Tide Co. Facebook page…get ya some!