“...Ford’s paintings are gorgeous.”
–Boat U.S. Magazine
“…fine art …compelling. It’s a great catch.”
–Fly Fisherman Magazine
“…vibrant watercolors so lifelike that you almost expect the subject to squirm free and flop into the water.”
“…a rich collection of fresh and saltwater fish.”
“…upscale …for the naturalist and angler.Wonderful."
–The Washington Times
“…incredibly beautiful, true-to-life watercolor paintings.”
–Fly Fishing in Salt Waters
“…luxurious …finely detailed color paintings...”
“Ford’s renderings are nothing short of masterful. Rigorous and authentic… smart and well-executed.”
“It doesn’t get any better than this for people who fish. …the catch of the year.”
–The Bloomsbury Review
“…splendid …beautifully rendered in watercolour by Flick Ford.”
–The Ottawa Citizen
“Each painting pops with taxonomic detail."
–Mark Sampson, Ocean Pines Independent
“…Flick has painted breathtaking reproductions… each fish looks like it will jump right out and flop back into the water.”
–The Berkshire Eagle
“Never mind how he does it: the fact is that these fish appear poised to swim off the very paper ...”
–Florida Sportfishing Magazine
“Ford has an uncanny ability to reproduce game fish in their entire lifelike splendor.”
–IGFA Cert. Captain Adrian Watt
Born in 1954 in Atlanta, Flick Ford was raised in Westchester County, New York. He fell in love with fishing at age five. His father, an accomplished fly-fisherman and talented commercial artist/copywriter, instilled in him a deep respect for nature and nurtured his early creativity.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s Flick fished the Adirondacks, New England, Long Island Sound, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, and the woodland lakes of Quebec, while pursuing two other passions: music (as lead singer in a garage rock band) and art. He took formal watercolor classes in the 1960s, figure drawing and graphic design classes between 1973 and 1976, and then studied art at Evergreen State College in Washington. Flick moved to New York City in 1978 and dove into the audio/visual scene of indie film, video, underground publishing, cartooning, illustration, and he reconnected with music. He performed in the East Village with several bands, and wrote and sang lead in The Crazy Pages for almost twenty years.
He left New York in 1993, heading for the Hudson Highlands where he quickly became obsessed with fishing the New York City watershed. The effects of over twenty years of pollution, over-development and acid rain became painfully apparent as he branched out to many of the Adirondack and Vermont brook trout places where he had previously fished. “I felt I should start to keep a record of the fish I caught. I wanted to catch and paint these fish, and show how they appear to me in all their iridescent beauty.”
Today, Ford makes his home in Rensselaer County, New York. He fishes more than one hundred days a year and ties his own flies. Flick Ford is a talented painter, musician and graphic artist. His love of angling and the natural world has led him to specialize in fine art paintings of fish. Flick's work has been published in two recent bestselling books, "Fish: 77 Great Fish of North America" (Greenwich Workshop Press, 2006) and "Big: The 50 Greatest World Record Catches" (Greenwich Workshop Press, 2008).
“We live in a time when our few successes with riverine
rehabilation must be tempered by our failures to protect
our waters overall. If we do not act quickly to reverse
our follies in water management for the benefit of all
living things we will perish along with the fish we cherish.
I'm hoping that viewing the breath-taking beauty of
these creatures as portrayed simply in the style I employ
will strike a sympathetic chord with all who view them.”