If you drive through Montana, you quickly notice a wide variety of license plates on the vehicles you follow or walk by in parking lots. Any organization in the state can sponsor a license plate to promote and raise funds for their cause giving a new customer over 125 choices at the DMV. Look here at just the available wildlife plates. I was contacted by Steve Kelly, a board member of Friends of the Wild Swan, and Wild Rockies Alliance who, as a gallery owner and artist himself, was in charge of putting together the license plate. I was thrilled that he wanted the subtle elegance of a sumi painting of a bull trout to represent the wilderness and wildlife protections they advocate. After painting dozens of trout, this image was chosen then assigned a blue-grey color.
I enjoyed working on the design as well, following a template with drill holes, tab and alpha-numeric spaces, consulting with the graphic designers in the prison, then watching, by way of Steve, as they enlarged the state name, lightened the trout even more than the 50% requirement and added a borderline over the course of several months. Now, I wish I lived in Montana to see the plate on the road.
Here are some of my other sumi trouts that we considered. All are available for purchase.
Patti King says
Looks great, Sandy. Love the image.
steve kelly says
Awesome job! This couldn’t have been accomplished without your great eye, steady hand and design experience. We are most grateful.
– steve kelly, bozeman, montana