” THE ESCAPE”
Stylized works are among my favorites, I’ve always been intrigued with driftwood. Sometimes I see a fish trying to get out, other times the wood just tells me what it wants to be.This stylized Brown has been one of my most talked about creations, frankly, I don’t even know who owns it now as It was sold out of one the Galleries that feature my works. – Jim Wiley
One of my latest creations, ” Rising Brookie ”
A ten inch Brook Trout jumping for a Mayfly. Created from Tupelo wood and presented on River Driftwood Burl. I like this one so much I’m putting it in my personal collection. ( Update: however , someone liked it even more than me, —- so, it swam away ). Show me the Wheel!
” I’m always chasing Rainbows ” over the years I’ve done several of these that now decorate cabins and dens . My last one was purchased by the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appachlians and is now on display there.
The latest creation to appear from the creative WileyTrout zone, is a beauty called ‘Dolly’. She is, by all standards, a rare and pleasant thing-of-beauty to behold. She is a Dolly Varden. Sleek and colorful, she has eye catching lily-white fin tips; native of her species known as the Char.
She resembles the other beauty of her kin, the eye catching, heart pounding Brook Trout. But, Dolly feeds in a bigger pool and comes from stock that produce size as well as beauty. For the Dolly Varden can grow to such an alarming size, that mere mortal fishermen swoon at the pulsation of this lady – or her kin – upon their teasing lines of petrochemical persuasion and steel.
‘Tis with great glee we announce that Dolly has already been taken.
She quickly stole a heart and is now being prepared to be whisked off to a new home.
Yes, her stay was brief, but her memory will linger with the fragrance of her beauty, for a long, long time. Maybe one day soon, the creator Wiley will deem there be another .. maybe a Dallas .. in the line of Varden. We will have to wait and see.
Farewell, Dolly. You gave us great palpitation while you were here. We shall hold your image in great admiration. We look forward to hearing from your new partner in visual pleasure, as to how the union is holding. Our best on your new journey.
#1530, Just finished this little 8 inch Brookie today. It’s a stylized piece created entirely from California Buckeye Burl. This beautiful wood grows only on the western slope of the Sierra mountains at altitude above 2,000 feet. When finished out it has the appearance of river stone. My most popular works are from this wood. My supply is limited and I hope it lasts at least as long as I do.
Leaping for Lunch – This work was created from a block of Tupelo wood and presented on a beautiful piece of river driftwood. It’s one of my best and available on me website store #1510. Would a Dad like this on Fathers Day ?
This is one of the free-standing sculptures. A beautifully hand-sculpted, Apache Trout, from wood collected specifically for THIS FISH.
This sculpture is long gone and sold, but you can either commission one ‘like it’ – for the It’s A Wiley creation is truly a One of a kind creation. No two are exactly alike. The wood has the final command and I am just the servant that renders the result.