We sent Ed up to the Sawtooth Society’s annual Sagebrush Soirée. The organization does the heavy lifting to make sure this beautiful part of Idaho continues to receive support tackling the issues facing the region. Located in the center of the state, it is perhaps one of the most splendid parts of the country. The sharp peaks of the Sawtooth Range are one of icons of the American West.
Ed brought a 7-foot tall painting to finish for the live auction. The piece is titled “Top Goat” and depicts one of the symbols of these great mountains.
THE SAWTOOTH SOCIETY VISION AND MISSION
Formed in 1997, the nonprofit and nonpartisan society is the only organization dedicated exclusively to:
- Serving as an advocate for the Sawtooth NRA
- Preserving open space in the Sawtooth NRA
- Enhancing recreation facilities and services in the Sawtooth NRA
ADVOCACY Works with policy-makers and the public to address threats facing the SNRA. Current issues include: helping to develop the management plan for the two new Wilderness areas in the Sawtooth NRA, addressing the risk of another catastrophic fire, working to improve the private lands program, and supporting Sawtooth Vision 20/20 to identify threats and opportunities within the Sawtooth NRA.
ENHANCING RECREATION Provides ways to give back to the SNRA through volunteering and donation. Below are a few ways you can get involved in our volunteer program or benefit from our grants program. We have funded over 175 recreation enhancement projects and completed scores of on the ground projects to benefit all who use the Sawtooth NRA.
PRESERVING OPEN SPACE Worked with the Administration and Congress to secure $20 million in federal funds for the purchase of conservation easements in the SNRA.
Published a booklet to increase public understanding and fair application of federal regulations for the use and development of private lands in the SNRA.
We are delighted to announce that Gulfshore Life Magazine invited Ed to document his most recent coastal fishing adventure. “The Sanibel Catch” was written on Sanibel Island, Florida and will appear in the August 2016 issue. His journal pages tell the story with colorful sketches, photos, and tales from the blue water island. Sanibel Island is part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers area on the Gulf coast of southwestern Florida. The waters surrounding this barrier island contain over 50 different kinds of fish including snook and tarpon. Consequently, it makes for some interesting options for anglers. Sanibel’s beaches are also a very popular place for beach combing. Shell-seekers can indeed find hundreds of different kinds of sea shells. Ed’s story of beach fishing sets the scene for a typical fishing day at the beach.
“Just don’t hook the shellers behind you.”
Ed’s journals are the inspiration for his paintings. This particular visual tale became the fabric behind the painting “Snooks”. The original is available. Contact the studio directly for more information.
Ed got to head out last fall with KeepEmWet and Fishbite Media. Boise happens to be one of the best trout fishing cities in America and, because of Boise State, it’s a good football town. As always, the journals inform Ed’s artwork. These are a couple sketchbook pages inspired by autumn fishing around the stadium. Ed pokes a little bit of fun at his friends in the SEC, but it is primarily the story of the lifestyle we all enjoy in the intermountain west. There are very few places one can enjoy a great football experience and catch monster trout.
It was a special privilege to be on the water and be part of what #KeepEmWet has going on. In the sport of fly fishing where getting a shot of a great fish can be dangerous, these guys have started an unbelievable movement to keep the animal in the water. And, the team knows how to gets really good shots. Keep up the great work guys. The photos included in the journal are those of Fishbite Media.
Here’s the painting that came out of the trip. It is titled “The Chase”; 3.5 x 2 ft. acrylic and ink on canvas. The original is available. Please contact the studio directly. Limited edition prints are also available.
Ed had some fun traveling the coast of Mozambique a few months back. He put together these pages about the trip.
The epic goal was to land a Giant Trevally out of a kayak. The trip was spent with Silver King Lodge, five hours north of the capital, Maputo. The guys who lived in country all had their Landcruisers rigged with Jackson Kayaks and camping gear. Ed brought along a bunch of Lamson Waterworks new reels and the team chased around the big fish.
Big thanks to Mike Sudal and James Colburn for everything.
Ed got a chance to go to Cuba and fly fish with Picabo Anglers and see the freshly opening country. With help from the No Business Lodge and Veteran Outdoors, he flew out of Miami direct to Havana with a group of 12 headed for Los Jardines de la Reina, a huge archipelago on the south side of the island.
The group made their way to Ciego and the Avalon II for a 6 day fly fishing excursion like no other. Remote living on the boat and excellent guides made the fly fishing in Cuba fantastic. Lot’s of shots at big bones, juvenile tarpon and permit. The boat itself had great food and a great staff.
All the people throughout Cuba were great, but clearly overwhelmed. The spigot has been turned on at Miami and the Americans are flowing in. The romance that was Cuba will be lost soon. The country will probably be Puerto Rico before too long.
Ed took a little trip to Sweden in early December, setting down in Stockholm. Once there, he boarded a train and headed south to the coastal city of Karlskrona. After meeting up with the guys from Pike Strike, they all headed out for an epic adventure of world-class kayak fishing.
Who knew Ed would travel thousands of miles to flyfish for big pike in a Jackson Kayak? Karlskrona’s archipelago is called “The Pike Kingdom” for good reason: the pike are big, plentiful, and thrive in its brackish water.
A little time sketching in the journal was in order before heading back to Stockholm.
Happy Holidays 2015 from Ed Anderson Art! It’s been a tremendous year for Ed. We can’t offer enough thanks to all those who made it possible. By our calculations he logged almost 100,000 miles, 6 countries, and way too many US states. There’s also been some tremendous partnerships formed. In fact, too many to mention in this entry. Rest assured it’s going to be a big 2016.
Many have expressed interest in print availability. Unfortunately, we did have to pull all limited prints off the presses. If you do need a last minute gift idea, go check out Old Wood Signs and the collection Ed has put together for them. Or, Ed’s “Bugle Once” has been included as part of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s fundraising program. Find it on their website.
Ed will be releasing new work in the coming weeks as we build a larger media footprint. Keep your heads up and stay warm.
It was a great trip for Ed to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundations Elk Camp at the Las Vegas Convention Center. He spent a few days with the boys of Maven from Lander, Wyoming and worked on a new elk piece titled “Billowing Up”. It is 3x5ft acrylic and ink on canvas. It was a great place to work Americana with Cowboy Christmas right downstairs and the National Finals Rodeo in town.
After a great season of elk hunting at the No Business Lodge in Valley County, Idaho, Ed’s work has been recently been inspired. His new paintings reflect his time in the woods. Being in Vagas with all the other hunters was a great time to reflect.
Also, Ed brought “Bugle Once”, the recent selection of the RMEF catalogug from their Featured Artist Program.
Boise is one of the great places in America to live, for lots of reasons. An especially unique experience is to be a fly fisherman on game day. Ed gets time on the river with lots of great people. Fishbite Media’s Bryan Huskey is one of those. His storytelling is second to none–it was therefore a privilege for Ed to build these pages with some of the photos from the Fishbite catalogue.
Additionally, theres a bone in there thrown to Damon Bungard’s Clemson Tigers. Ed and Damon have spent some time in the woods at the No Business Lodge and after their exceptional season, it felt right to call out the Gamecocks. Ed’s been to Columbia and seen the spectacle when USC pumps up “2001 a Space Odyssey.” Do better Cocks.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has chosen Ed’s “Round Valley Bull” as part of their supplemental art program. Prints will be available through the Foundation’s annual catalogue and will function as a method of fundraising for local chapters. Stay tuned to his Facebook page and Instagram feeds for updates on when this print will be available to purchase. The original is presently available through the studio, please contact us directly if you are interested.
This exciting new partnership marries two of Ed’s passions, wildlife and art. He’s thrilled that this project will support the fundraising efforts of local Rocky Mountain Elk chapters and will further sustain the health and habitat of this great species.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is dedicated to preserving the future of elk and other wildlife, as well as their habitat and the hunting heritage. For more information about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, please visit their website.