Doormats. Flukes. Lefties. Summer Flounder, with their left eyes and spotted bodies are one of the most iconic recreational fish I’ve encountered for many reasons. Their most characteristic trait is doubly interesting when you learn that they hatch with eyes on either side of their head. The eyes always migrate to the left side soon after.
Not only are these bottom lurkers tenacious strikers, they also are frequently encountered in ankle deep shallows. My first encounter with a flounder wasn’t actually fishing, but almost stepping on one wading in a shallow sandy point in the St.Mary’s River.
Choosing a finishing style:
Each piece is in a finished state as it is represented in the images, however some collectors prefer a glazed or slightly glossy appeareance which gives the image a bit more of a flat, painterly feel. Others prefer to highlight the natural fibers of the art form. There is no difference in price and no difference in longevity, the glazing is done free of charge if selected.
Without Glazing - This is the option prefered by collectors who appreciate the qualities of my work as a fiber art form. The emphasis is on the artwork's physical qualities and the unique texture you get from the batik process. The piece is stretched over a piece of sturdy hardboard much like a canvas on board painting but is not sealed in order to emphasize the fibers.
Mounted and Glazed - The piece is permanently mounted on a sealed hardboard using clear acrylic polymer, then glazed with a semi glossy finish. This finishing is prefered by collectors who appreciate the work for the subject and the imagery, and emphasizes the illustrative properties of the piece.