About Us


Michael Emerson- Owner/Printer

email  mike@prints.fish

cell 309-635-9820

Michael is a fishing enthusiast with a background in Biology and Art.  The Fish Print Shop has two guiding principles, fisheries conservation through promoting Catch and Release fishing practices and fairly compensating artists for their life’s work. Michael explains, “I wanted to create something timeless that you might find in a natural history museum, old city aquarium, or biology classroom- places where I’ve always found solace when I’m not fishing.”

Michael personally makes each print to ensure the highest quality. He is constantly sourcing the finest inks and papers to ensure his prints will last “a lifetime and beyond”.

Just call, text, or email Michael and you can discuss your project.

email  mike@prints.fish

cell 309-635-9820


Diane Peebles- Artist

At age ten, Diane began painting under the guidance of locally prominent landscape artists in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. She soon developed an interest in scientific illustration and later received a full scholarship to attend Tulane University, where she studied biological illustration, art history, and the natural sciences. After receiving her degree in 1982, Diane moved to Florida's west coast to begin her career as a professional illustrator. Because of her lifelong love of fishing, she decided at this point to specialize in fish illustration, using pen-and-ink and dry-brush watercolor. By 1986, Diane had begun painting in oils again, allowing her to balance the hard regimen of scientific illustration with the freedom of oil painting. In the past few years she has expanded her subjects to include landscapes once again. 
        Diane's artwork has appeared on the covers of sport-fishing periodicals and on numerous marine conservation stamps/prints and educational publications produced by several state governments. While her work continues to grow in popularity among private collectors, Diane still maintains an active illustration career, with her first priorities going to projects that enhance conservation of our natural resources. She is a member of the international Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and an honorary lifetime member of the Florida Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. In 1998, Diane began serving on the Board of Directors of Fish Florida!, a nonprofit organization helps people, especially children, learn about fishing and Florida's environment.



Joseph R. Tomelleri-Artist

Joseph R. Tomelleri has been illustrating fishes since 1985. Joe works in Prismacolor pencil, and his 1,100+ illustrations have been rendered from actual fish to ensure scientific accuracy. He has collected the majority of his specimens in the field so he can study and photograph the fishes and preserve them for use in the illustrations.

Joe's work has appeared in more than 1000 publications, including Trout and Salmon of North America, Fishes of Alabama, Outdoor Life, The In-Fisherman, and Eddie Bauer. His recent projects include research on the native Trout of Mexico, Fishes of the Salish Sea and Puget Sound, Fishes of Texas, and Fishes of Kansas.

Joe lives in Leawood, Kansas with his wife Susan and their two sons.


Val Kells-Artist

Val Kells is a widely recognized freelance Marine Science Illustrator. She completed her B.S. in Environmental Studies and her formal training in Scientific Communication and Illustration at UC Santa Cruz in 1985. Since graduation, she has illustrated aquatic life full time for clients in the US and abroad. Val collaborates with editors, ichthyologists, and fisheries biologists, and her work has been published in numerous books and periodicals. She illustrated, co-authored, and designed A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes: From Maine to Texas, its companion, A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes: From Alaska to California, and Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes of Virginia. Val also illustrated Field Guide to Fishes of the Chesapeake Bay and Tunas and Billfishes of the World. Val has also worked with designers, educators, and curators to develop hundreds of illustrations for interpretive and educational displays. Her illustrations have appeared in over 30 public aquariums, museums, and nature centers. Val's growing collection includes over 2,100 illustrations of marine and freshwater fishes that are accurate, aesthetic, and rendered in life-like watercolor. Val is an avid fisherman and naturalist and spends her off-time exploring, fishing, and documenting inland and coastal habitats.