While looking closely at the paintings of AD Maddox, it was obvious to me (a lifetime fly-fishing fanatic myself) that she was onto something fresh, bright, and tantalizing—mind expanding, really—as to what wildlife painting could look like. I had never before seen a fish painting that looked more beautiful than if one were really there, seeing that same fish live and in the flesh. My favorite painting was one entitled Snack that had recently sold. From afar its precision could almost be mistaken for a photograph. On closer inspection, well, there it is again. It’s better than real life because AD Maddox has figured out a way to make the moment come even more alive through the subtle infusion of fantasy into the painting. As awestruck as I was by the live-action trout paintings, her extreme-close-up, abstract paintings of, say, a cutthroat trout’s gill plate or the halos around the red spots on a brown trout are something wholly new and exciting in the world of outdoor fine art…

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