'Black Sea Bass'
'Bull Mahi Mahi'
'Cow Mahi Mahi'
The son of an artist and a biologist, Nick Mayer seems to have found a
unique niche between these two disciplines. Nick has used his
undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology from Brown University as
tools to study and help in the conservation of fish. He has done so as an
artist, a teacher, a research biologist, and a fly fisherman.
investigating the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on sockeye salmon,
restoring spawning habitats for the last wild strain of steelhead in the
Columbia River, studying the nesting habits of sea turtles in Costa Rica,
or fishing small streams in the Green Mountains for brook trout, Nick has
kept detailed sketchbooks to later use as references in his watercolors.
His paintings are not just portraits of fish, they are windows into real
His works have been exhibited in
galleries on both the East and West coasts including the Union League Club
in Manhattan, The J. Russell Jinishian Gallery and The Maritime Gallery at
Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, The Cascapedia River Museum in Quebec, The
Atlantic Salmon Museum in New Brunswick, The Gamefish Gallery in Key West,
Florida, The Bristol Art Museum in Rhode Island, the American Museum of
Fly Fishing in Vermont, Gallery West in Virginia, the Cordova Museum in
Alaska and more. Nick has also painted two large outdoor murals—one is a
15’ x 40’ underwater scene located in the center of Vergennes, Vermont
that was funded by matching grants from The Vermont Arts Council
and People of Addison County Together. The other is a 15’ x 175’
creative depiction of the evolution of life, which was privately
commissioned. Nick is currently illustrating a coffee table divers
guidebook to the fish of Catalina Island, California. This book will be
published in the Spring of 2013.
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and
raised in Riverside, Rhode Island, Nick now lives in Lincoln, Vermont with
his wife and two sons where he works as a full time professional artist.
Nick with a nice hen.