As with most artists, Dale works in multiple media but prefers colored pencil for the level of detail she can achieve in her art. Dale, and her husband Don, are avid Koi Keepers and water gardeners so it comes as no surprise that her artistic subjects can be seen in real life right in their own backyard. To the Koi Keeper in her, Dale wasn’t happy with the body shapes and scale formations she saw in oil and water color work. And kept looking until the switch to colored pencil brought out the intricate body shapes and precise scale formations Koi keepers across the country have come to appreciate. Her work can be found in Koi enthusiast homes throughout the country and has been featured in Koi USA, an internationally recognized trade journal for the Koi professional and hobbyist.
After being persuaded to produce drawings of favorite koi for a few friends, Dale and Don turned her art into a small business, Whaley’s Fish Lips, that features Dale’s work in fine art, reproductions, and decorative items. Dale produces new art regularly which can be seen at www.whaleysfishlips.com.