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Pastels and Photographs by Capt. Mike


I've often said, "I'm just a fisherman with an art degree."  My buisiness, Discover the James, evolved from a love of fishing.  In 2001, when I began working on the river towards becomming a full time fishing guide, my focus was the fish, the bait, the lures. Always about the fish ... but as time passed, my pallate became broader and I started to focus more on wildlife and history. 

After 19 years as a proffessional guide on the James River, I've slowly gone back to my roots as an artist.  For the past several years, I've been working with pastels and working with the photographs I had taken on the river over the past twenty three.  In these images is where I hope to stay for a very long time, working on the James River, sharing a passion for it and making art.

Capt. Mike Ostrander











"Jefferson's Reach"

I love to work with pastels and take photographs of the early morning light on the James River. Jefferson's Reach is a place where I've created a life, full-time on the James River.  For the story of Jefferson's Reach, click here.

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"Curles Neck, Timeless Sunrise"

This pastel celebrates an incredibly historical spot, Curles Neck.  I find myself in this area on the James, often, in the early morning.  Curles Neck is a large, beautiful tract of land located on the eastern end of Henrico County on the James River.  On the western side of Curles Neck, it has a long stretch, where the early light often inspires the thoughts of Virginia Indians, early English settlers and events like Bacon's Rebellion, all of which happened here on Curles Neck.  

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"Entrance to Jefferson's Reach"

This photograph shows the light of the very early morning sky, and reflections on the river of the old channel, that wraps around Hatcher Island (trees on the right).  To the left, hidden in the shadows is the Richmond Yacht Basin, my home base on the river for the last 19 years.

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