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Helen Merchant works in her studio on the shores of Lake Benedict in northeastern Hubbard County. She paints fish, boats, flowers and lake scenes. But her favorites are fish flies. She loves the detail and care that went into making them and tries to replicate it. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Inspired by the outdoors, Lake Benedict painter portrays love of all things fishing

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Two stories above the shore of Lake Benedict in northeastern Hubbard County, an outdoors painter derives her inspiration and sense of peace.


Helen Merchant overlooks her small sailboat anchored on shore, her kayak and the dock where she fishes for sunnies and bluegills, one of her favorite spots on her favorite lake.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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