About the June 2021 Cover

About the June 2021 Cover

Progress continues to be made of the accurate collection of population data and regional management strategies of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.  To celebrate this positive movement this months cover art by native Texas artist Lowell Shapley is a private commission of a red snapper pursuing a Snapper Slapper fished around a deepwater rig. 

For offshore enthusiasts Shapley’s painting is a reminder of what once was and the strides made that again allows anglers the opportunity to catch and retain these treasured fish.  The 2021 red snapper season runs for 63 days in federal waters beyond nine nautical miles from June 1 to August 3 or until the allotted quota has been caught.

Shapley is a self-taught artist that not only paints but also owns Gulf Coast Studios, an 18 year old Brenham based taxidermy studio that specializes in waterfowl and fish replicas. He has won two national taxidermy titles, four state titles and two world championships.  Additionally he has painted numerous mural commissions around the world for both commercial and private clients.

The talented artist and taxidermist said, “Working with fish, birds and other wildlife increases my perspective of subtleties of shape, color and other physical characteristics that are included in my paintings.  Photography, taxidermy and painting all compliment each other.” 

A self-taught artist Shapley attended Stephen F. Austin and then transferred to Fort Lewis College in Durango where he received his undergraduate degree.  He received his Master degree in digital imaging and photography from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  He admits he spends lots of time flyfishing and bowhunter for big game. 

For more information on this painting, commissions or other fine works of art by Lowell Shapley visit his Facebook page, email ljshapley@gmail.com or call (832) 527-7182. — Bill L. Olson

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