Link Stevens

Link Stevens is a life-long New Englander, calling Maine home for the last 23 years. When not working as a substance abuse counselor, Link is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He has a profound respect and appreciation for creatures of the ocean. Throughout the year, you will often find him walking the beaches, rocky shore, or boating off the Maine coast. All of the materials in Link’s artwork are gathered from the Maine shoreline, the islands of Casco Bay and local salvage sites. Many of the colors and techniques Link uses captures the movement of the subjects and the effect light has as it passes through water. Each piece is one-of-a-kind. Much of the Link's artwork incorporates a species of herring known as Menhaden. Also known as mossbunker, bunker or pogies, this small schooling fish provides food for many important recreational and commercial fish, such as striped bass, weakfish, cod, and bluefin tuna, as well as osprey, eagles, and whales. Menhaden are the glue that holds the ocean ecosystem together. The Menhaden fishery is the largest on the East Coast and the majority of them (80%) are ground up for use in fish oil dietary supplements, fertilizers, and animal feed. Due to overfishing, this essential species has been depleted to a critical level, having far reaching and possibly catastrophic effects on the predatory creatures that rely on it and the ecosystem as a whole.