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Published January 05, 2014, 12:00 AM

Photo gallery: Cloquet's fishing stamp painter


Wildlife artist Stuart Nelson of rural Cloquet talks about his current painting project, a northern pike that hit a Dardevle spoon. Nelson won the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ recent walleye and trout stamp competitions. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

  • Wildlife artist Stuart Nelson of rural Cloquet talks about his current painting project, a northern pike that hit a Dardevle spoon. Nelson won the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ recent walleye and trout stamp competitions. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
  • A close look at Stuart Nelson’s work shows his attention to detail. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
  • Stuart Nelson’s painting of a brook trout jumping for a mayfly was chosen as Minnesota’s 1999 Trout and Salmon Stamp. (Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)
  • Stuart Nelson’s painting of a walleye was chosen as Minnesota’s 2011 Minnesota Walleye Stamp. (Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)
  • Stuart Nelson’s painting of a rainbow trout leaping to consume a mayfly was chosen as Minnesota’s 2014 Trout and Salmon Stamp. (Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)
  • Stuart Nelson’s painting of a walleye was chosen as Minnesota’s 2014 Walleye Stamp. (Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)
  • More than 60 bottles of acrylic paints in different colors, along with numerous brushes, sit near to hand in Nelson’s studio. The mug is decorated with Nelson’s image that was Minnesota’s 1999 Trout and Salmon Stamp. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)