Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917)
FISHING ON ELKHORN CREEK
Watercolor, 9 1/2" x 16 1/2"
Arthur Jones cited a Louisville newspaper clipping in his book, The Art of Paul Sawyier, "[Sawyier] went to New York, expecting to encounter the usual rebuffs that lie thick in the pack of any comparatively unknown artist who strikes the East. But, he had better fortune. His exquisite watercolors of scenes along the Elkhorn Creek and among the Franklin County hills met with instant favor. He was given a kindly entree into New York's best art circles and, almost overnight, his success in his chosen profession was assured." While the above article might have exaggerated some, Elkhorn Creek was a popular subject of his, and a fishing scene by the man often referred to as "Kentucky's most beloved artist" is rarer.