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 just returned from Sanibel Island, Florida, home of the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. He is excited to announce a new partnership with this amazing refuge. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, it’s the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States with over 6,400 acres. Nearly 2,800 acres of the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge are designated as a Federal Wilderness Area. Not only is home to great fishing, it is also world famous for its spectacular migratory bird populations.
On his most recent trip, equipped with his sketchbook, Ed recorded much of his time creeping around mangrove tunnels searching for tarpon in his Jackson boat. He recalls, “the chance to get shots at these amazing fish with a fly rod and Lamson reel is an experience second to none.”
Ed’s sketchbook remains his most powerful tool for documenting his Americana experiences. Each drawing tells a story, drives a composition, experiments with color, or in most cases, acts as great therapy. Regardless of the purpose, as Ed will tell you, his sketchbook is a glimpse into how he sees and translates his world. We’re all looking forward to seeing more of Ed’s adventures in Florida with Ding Darling.
I am very happy to have showed at the Longview Museum of Fine Art in Longview, Texas with A.D. Maddox. It was a great opening.
Thank you so much to the museum, A.D., and all the great people who hosted in East Texas. The show will run through June.