Watercolor, 21.5 x 29 inches
Renson’s works illustrate his intimate knowledge of the sporting world, having been a hunter and fisherman since his youth and having made his own boats, decoys fly rods. He was just nine when he began painting the wildlife he observed in the rural environs near Colchester, Connecticut. This interest ultimately led to his study of art at University of Hartford, Connecticut. Under Henrik Mayer, he learned simplicity, light, dark and strong, a model that he continues to follow and has led to his great success as a sporting artist. Being a sportsman himself, subjects include duck hunting, upland bird shooting, big game fishing and fly fishing. Reneson describes his style thusly, “'I like those rough Canadian rivers, like the George and the Whale. The fish are rough, tough and ready, and when I paint the rivers I make 'em just as powerful and rugged, and mean and nasty as I can.” His work has appeared on the covers of Sporting Classics, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and Sports Afield among others. He was the Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year in 1982 and the Atlantic Salmon Federation Artist of the Year in 1982 and 2001. He is a past member of the Connecticut Watercolor Association and the Old Lyme Art Association.