Josh Udesen’s art is an exemplification of his passion for rivers, his love of fly fishing and his need to be under an open sky. His early memories are forged with the indelible images of tents, fly rods, paddling canoes, campfires, cold mornings in duck blinds and trout rising to dry flies, all of which developed his love of the outdoors. Between his youth on Lake Superior tributaries, years guiding fisherman in Alaska and Oregon and a wanderlust that lead him to explore the globe in search of both adventure and fish, there is much to inspire his art.
Josh’s love of drawing and painting is evident from his piles of sketchbooks and canvases dating back as far as he can remember. With little formal training, his art was always a hobby and has only recently developed into a more integral part of his life. Within the last few years his art has been a part of exhibitions in Seattle, Jackson Hole, Boise, Sun Valley and Bend, Oregon. Additionally, his art was chosen as a major component in Patagonia’s Fly Fishing apparel for the 2011 and 2012 seasons and his drawing of a Deschutes River Redside was chosen as the image to represent Patagonia’s 2001 World Trout Initiative.
Although his career as an artist is becoming a bigger part of his life, he still juggles a career as a high school humanities teacher, spends as much time as possible exploring Idaho with his wife and two year old daughter and, on occasion, chases a trout or steelhead. What has made this transition to art most exciting is the realization that many people share his fascination, affection and affliction for fish. His portfolio, upcoming shows and news about his art can be found at his website; tightlinestudio.com in addition to his facebook page.