Rainbow Trout

Mike Kraus
2 min readJul 26, 2021


Rainbow Trout #442

ink and gouache paint on Bristol paper

2.5" x 3.5" (6.35 cm x 8.89 cm)



© copyright Mike Kraus

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The light splash of water breaks the silence as I load the gear before sunrise at the dock. The boat sputtering toward the channel as I make my way to the big lake. Setting up the equipment, the sun is glowing orange as it begins to appear. I eat my doughnut watching it rise and waiting to snag a rainbow trout. The boat rocking in the gentle breeze.

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Mike Kraus was born on the industrial shoreline of Muskegon, Michigan. After earning his Fine Arts Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he attended Grand Valley State University for his graduate degree. From there, he gained varied experiences from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Art Institute of Chicago, Hauenstein Center For Presidential Studies, Lollypop Farm Humane Society, and the Children’s Memorial Foundation. And every place he worked, he had his sketchbook with him and found ways to be actively creative. In 2014, Kraus became a full-time artist by establishing Mike Kraus Art. Since then, he has sold thousands of paintings that are displayed in nearly every state and dozens of countries. Currently, Kraus lives in Rochester, New York with his beautiful wife and goofy dog.

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