A multimedia feature by Gazette photographer Jaxon White

She is a seasoned fisherman who prowls the Island shoreline to cast for stripers and blues, and a past leader in the annual fall fishing derby on the Vineyard. Janet Messineo is also an artist of unusual caste — with a degree from the Pennsylvania Institute of Taxidermy, she is among a handful of taxidermists in the world who do saltwater skin mounts. Her work is all hand-done, using no fiberglass molds.