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  • The Cascapedia River Museum
  • The Grand Cascapedia
  • The Grand Cascapedia
  • The Grand CascapediaPhoto courtesy of Jean MacWhirter Bujold
  • The Grand Cascapedia River
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Artwork of the Cascapedia

Nick Mayer

The son of an artist and a biologist, Nick Mayer seems to have found a unique niche between these two disciplines. Nick has used his undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology from Brown University as tools to study and help in the conservation of fish. He has done so as an artist, a teacher, a research biologist, and a fly fisherman.

While investigating the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on sockeye salmon, restoring spawning habitats for the last wild strain of steelhead in the Columbia River, studying the nesting habits of sea turtles in Costa Rica, or fishing small streams in the Green Mountains for brook trout, Nick has kept detailed sketchbooks to later use as references in his watercolors. His paintings are not just portraits of fish, they are windows into real experience—his experience.

His works have been exhibited in galleries on both the East and West coasts including the Urban League Club in Manhattan, J. Russell Jinishian Gallery and The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, The Cascapedia River Museum in Quebec, The Atlantic Salmon Museum in New Brunswick, The Gamefish Gallery in Key West, Florida, The Bristol Art Museum in Rhode Island, the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Vermont, Gallery West in Virginia, the Cordova Museum in Alaska and more. Nick also painted a 15’ x 40’ outdoor mural of an underwater scene in Vergennes, Vermont that was funded by matching grants from The Vermont Arts Council and People of Addison County Together. He also completed a series of paintings/sculptures of moths that was funded by a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation. Nick is presently working on a children’s book that incorporates his fish paintings.

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and raised in Riverside, Rhode Island, Nick now lives in Lincoln, Vermont with his wife and two sons.

To learn more about Nick Mayer's work, including how to purchase prints of his paintings, please visit Escape Studio or Fishnote Cards.