New Montana License Plate

Friends of the Wild Swan sponsored license plate

If you drive through Montana, you quickly notice a wide variety of license plates on the vehicles you follow or walk by in parking lots.  Any organization in the state can sponsor a license plate to promote and raise funds for their cause giving a new customer over 125 choices at the DMV. Look here at just the available wildlife plates. I was contacted by Steve Kelly, a board member of Friends of the Wild Swan, and Wild Rockies Alliance who, as a gallery owner and artist himself, was in charge of putting together the license plate. I was thrilled that he wanted the subtle elegance of a sumi painting of a bull trout to represent the wilderness and wildlife protections they advocate. After painting dozens of trout, this image was chosen then assigned a blue-grey color.

Bull Trout-1 © 2012 Sandy Haight

I enjoyed working on the design as well, following a template with drill holes, tab and alpha-numeric spaces, consulting with the graphic designers in the prison, then watching, by way of Steve, as they enlarged the state name, lightened the trout even more than the 50% requirement and added a borderline over the course of several months.  Now, I wish I lived in Montana to see the plate on the road.

Here are some of my other sumi trouts that we considered. All are available for purchase.

Bull Trout-2 © 2012 Sandy Haight

Bull Trout-3 © 2012 Sandy Haight

Bull Trout-4 © 2012 Sandy Haight

Bull Trout-5 © 2012 Sandy Haight

2 Responses to “New Montana License Plate”

  1. Patti King says:

    Looks great, Sandy. Love the image.

  2. steve kelly says:

    Awesome job! This couldn’t have been accomplished without your great eye, steady hand and design experience. We are most grateful.

    – steve kelly, bozeman, montana

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