The myth of river salmon
18 June 2018
Pierre Bouchard is a painter, fly fisher and collaborator of Hooké.
His muse is nature, and his artwork reflects the calmness and serenity it inspires in him.
You can find some of his artwork for sale exclusively in our shop.
Nature is profoundly inspiring and I absolutely need it to recharge. Last summer, I tried surfing in Maine’s ice-cold waters and I instantly understood the hype for this wonderful sport. To be one with the elements is definitely cool. Patiently waiting, eyes fixed on the horizon for the perfect time to catch the wave … there is nothing more Zen. I can find that same peace of mind when fishing. The fly fisher, waist down in the busy waters, is in symbiosis with the Great All, as the farmer in his field, looking to the sky and thanking something greater than him.
It might seem like a cliché, but for me, being part of nature is necessary to decompress and let go of the daily stress our lives impose us. I can also find that in painting!
AS IT LEAVES THE VAST EXPANSE OF THE OCEAN TO GO FIND ITS RIVER, TO BITE ON THE LURE AFTER BEING TEASED BY IT, I’M ALWAYS SURPRISED BY THE VIVACITY OF RIVER SALMON. THIS BEHAVIOUR IS VERY IMPRESSIVE; I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE SALMON HAPPY.
When I paint, I humbly try to transpose the spectrum of emotions and ideas nature provokes in me. Transmitting emotions and creating beauty is essential. For me, the context and steps surrounding the creation of a piece is equally important as the artwork itself. Part of my production actually consists in painting fish on pieces of wood that I find here and there along my adventures.
I try to refine my art the same way some people refine their cast. I aim for perfection, which might never happen, but the pleasure is in the effort and perseverance. Most importantly is to find your signature, your beat, your way.