From my first adventures as a young boy catching sticklebacks on the local boating lake I have been spellbound by fish and their environment.
Like many young anglers I progressed from sticklebacks to gudgeon and small perch, spending every hour I could by the waterside. My love of angling continued into my adolescence and when I couldn’t fish I either read about fishing, made my own floats or drew pictures of my favourite species. My head swam with visions of the underwater world long before I was able to snorkel or dive.
In my early twenties I took to my local rivers and lakes with a mask and snorkel and finally entered the fishes world for real and it was just like swimming into my childhood imagination. I eventually progressed to scuba and am now happiest face to face with fish, whether it’s in my local salmon rivers, on a Pembrokeshire reef or the Flats of Cuba.
I was lucky enough to have my first book published in 2008 (Beneath the Surface) and have featured in many magazine articles, both nationally and internationally, including Trout & Salmon, Angler’s Mail, Angling Times, Sea Angler and The Field.
My paintings have also featured on the Environment Agency Rod Licence in the UK since 2008 and in 2014 ten of my images were used on a specially commissioned set of Royal Mail stamps.
– David Miller