This Redfish was shipped down to the Texas Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association for a fundraising event where it will be put on the auction block. We are offering a very limited number of 32″ x 24″ prints, and proceeds will benefit the CCA.
The purpose of CCA is to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine resources. The objective of CCA is to conserve, promote, and enhance the present and future availability of those coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public.
Thanks to Sporting Classics Daily for publishing the journal and painting.
The journal story was born during a fantastic cast & blast trip in Louisiana aboard The Dogwood, originally a US Coast Guard vessel that has been repurposed as a comfortably appointed lodge for Southern Way Charters. A big thanks to Captain Greg Moon of Louisiana Fishing Charters, who made sure a good time was had by all.
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.