7/26/00 - Photo by Jared Lazarus/staff - Raymond Douglas, 43, owner of King Sailfish Mounts. www.kingsailfish.com
(One word that sums up the feelings about your work: "Challenging.")
"I was tired of sitting at a desk in an office day after day," said Douglas, who quit his accounting job in 1991 to pursue taxidermy. "I got a book on taxidermy and it told me how to make a mold from a fish. And I went out and I caught a little fish, and it told me how to paint the fish. And I went out and bought a paint set and it turned out pretty nice," said Douglas, who became inspired after reading a magazine article about the industry switching from skin mounts to fiberglass mounts. "It was something I had to work really hard at. But I really loved the fact that I could paint something beautiful," said Douglas. "I guess what really appealed to me was that people would no longer be killing fish and to be able to do replica mounts. Driving by sports fisherman places and seeing sharks hanging there that had been killed really bothered me," said Douglas, who can work off an emailed photo of someone's catch.