Monte Dolack Fine Art

Haunted by Waters, Large Edition

By Monte Dolack

Image size: 32 x 25.5"
Edition size: 50
Year: 2016


This limited edition archival digital print is from an original oil painting. Several years ago while driving the back roads east of Missoula with fly rod and camera, Monte was struck by the changing colors and light of an early autumn evening on the Blackfoot River. Recent fires had added a red haze to the air as he watched a fisherman work the slanting shadows along the riverbank casting to rising trout. The title "Haunted by Waters" comes from the last sentence in Norman Maclean's book, A River Runs Through It, which was made into a film directed by Robert Redford. This is the last paragraph in the book and it is one of Monte's favorite quotes of literature. Monte made the painting working from a color study and photographs later that winter and it seemed to warm his studio with it’s radiant light and autumn recollections. A good friend purchased the painting and took it away to India where she and her husband make their home.

"Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length. I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise. Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rock from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters."

Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It


Paper Size 34.25 x 27.5" and free shipping on this print.



Monte Dolack Fine Art — features the art work of Montana artists Monte Dolack and Mary Beth Percival.