Category Archives: Art

Fly Fishing Artists: Larry Stephenson


“I paint to entertain,” Stephenson said. “When you buy my work, it’s like buying a ticket to see a movie. It pleases you. It makes you happy. You get entertained. That’s what art is all about.”  Jason Dilts profiles artist … more

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Dead Rabbits, Trot Lines and Meat Cubes

Writer, painter, and poet Greg Keeler remembers fishing for Oklahoma farm-pond catfish with his grandfather in this excerpt from Trash Fish: A Life. “When we get to the pond, he unrolls the trotlines from their coffee cans. To Granddad, these trotlines … more

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Fly Fishing Artists: Dean Crouser

Born in Portland, Dean Crouser is a self-taught artist who strives to capture the beauty and simplicity of a scene in a manner that anyone can relate to. “I like to use bright, vibrant colors and allow them to mix on … more

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Artist of the Month: Dave Hall

Inspired by the headwaters country of southwest Montana, Dave Hall’s ethereal paintings can be found in several Western galleries. A self-taught artist, he divides his time between Utah and Ennis, MT and his work reflects these vast landscapes.

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Artist Josh Udesen: Fisherman First

Despite the national acclaim his art has received, including being commissioned by Patagonia for a series of six t-shirts, Josh Udesen insists that he will always be a fisherman first; artist second.  And if given the choice between an original … more

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Video: Russell Chatham Interviews

AJ Scaff, Russell Chatham’s “handyman and frame builder,” sat down with the artist and fly fisher to record him talking about his life, his art, and his passion for fly-fishing. Scaff has published the first two segments — Part One and …

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Cristo Arkansas River Project Decision Expected in October

While many conservationists and fly fishers cross their fingers and hope that Cristo’s plan to drape translucent fabric over miles of the Arkansas River in Colorado is quashed by the federal government, the artist himself says he welcomes the debate, … more

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The Anthropologist Photo Gallery: Shawn Davis

The Web site “the ANTHROPOLOGIST” profiles fly tier and chemistry teacher Shawn Davis alongside beautiful photographs of his tying process and a surprisingly artistic result.  “This is not unlike what every fly fisherman aspires to do when he takes to … more

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MidCurrent Featured Artist: Shirley Cleary

Artist Shirley Cleary displays some of her recent paintings in her MidCurrent artist profile. The artist lives, fishes, and paints in Montana and New Zealand and is represented by galleries in both countries. For many years she only painted in … more

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SF Chronicle: Russell Chatham “Falls on Hard Times”

Though first published back in May, Sam Whiting’s San Francisco Chronicle update on Russell Chatham (who is a MidCurrent featured artist) is worth catching up on because of the detailed examination of the life and times of one of America’s finest … more

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