During the golden age of illustration, celebrity artists such as Norman Rockwell worked with models to stage photographs which were used as reference for their paintings. Fishing themes were common in illustrations in the Saturday Evening Post and other publications 1920's. On the back of this photo is a message, "With much love, Aunt Celia." From BADRAP's personal collection.
In this story written by 3 top female fantasy authors (Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson, and Kate Elliott) the court painter is a mad artist, so Michael thought it would be fun to actually use himself as the model. The authors got a kick out of his portrayal and sent him a real golden key for Christmas.