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Sporting Art, Fishing, Small Mouth Bass, Ron Jenkins, Watercolor, 1998


Ron Jenkins (born 1932)
[Fishing for Small Mouth Bass]
American: 1998
Signed and dated “’98” lower left
Watercolor on illustration board
22 x 28 inches, image
24 x 29.75 inches, overall

A watercolor fishing scene showing an unusual dual view beneath and above the water of a placid pond or river in autumn. A small mouth bass swims beneath the water in the foreground, while a man in a rowboat fishes in the distance. A tree stump poking out of the water connects the two perspectives. The work is painted in a crisp, realist style that exploits the transparent effects possible with watercolor.

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Ron Jenkins is a well-regarded wildlife artist known for his drawings, paintings and ceramics of bird and fish subjects. He studied at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art and for many years lived in Pennsylvania, where he worked as an illustrator for publications such as Pennsylvania Game News and Pennsylvania Angler. His illustrations have also appeared in National Geographic. Jenkins has won numerous competitions, including the Federal Duck Stamp design competition for 1965-66, a prestigious achievement for a wildlife artist. By the early 1980s he was living in Montana. In 1983 his work was the subject of a solo show at the Missoula Art Museum in Montana, which also has his work in their collection.

Condition: Generally very good with minor overall light toning and wear. Glue residue in blank margins from former matting, can be rematted out.


“Past Exhibits.” Missoula Art Museum.  2012. (4 January 2012).

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20th Century