Sequim, Washington – 2018. You don’t have to dig too far into many subjects before terms like social responsibility, conservation, preservation and sustainability surface. This is definitely the case when it comes to fish and fishing. Regulating fishing, closing all or parts of rivers, dwindling fish returns, or tracking habitat deterioration are frequent topics of conversation in the fishing industry. Whether you approve of these tactics or fight them, everyone seems to agree that preserving these animals (and an industry) for future generations is important.
Many fishing enthusiasts take their love of fish and the outdoors a step further with the desire to feature a trophy of their catch. This is where fish artist Luke Filmer made his mark; by offering an artistic alternative to a traditional fish mount. Commemorating fishing memories using just photos and simple measurements, Luke creates incredibly realistic (fiberglass) fish replicas. After 20 years of painting and with over 700 fish replica sculptures created for clients worldwide, Luke has earned his place as one of the best fish replica artists in the world. “I feel fortunate that in my small way I can help preserve the future of fishing. Rather than take the life of a large fish for a trophy, take a photo, and I’ll take care of the rest.” comments Luke.
Luke specializes in fish replicas of salmon, steelhead and trout. Each art piece is a one-of-a-kind original painting on a 3-dimensional fiberglass form. His passion for the species is clearly reflected in each art piece he designs.
“There is a peacefulness and serenity in what I do and I try and capture the spirit of the fish in each custom art piece I create,” comments Luke.
Luke Filmer’s studio (Blackwater Fish Replicas) is in Sequim, Washington – located on the Olympic Peninsula. With year-around access to the outdoors, this setting allows him to explore his love for fly fishing, while creating art that supports his long-held belief in catch and release fishing efforts. An artist since childhood, Luke Filmer started Blackwater Trading Co. in 1998, and is celebrating his 20th business anniversary.