Born in Atlanta, Flick Ford was raised in Westchester County, NY. 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 70s Ford fished the northeastern United States and Quebec, while pursuing two other passions: music and art. He took formal watercolor classes and figure drawing and graphic design classes before studying art at Evergreen State College in Washington. Ford moved to New York City in 1978 and dove into the audio/visual scene of independent film, video, underground publishing, cartooning, illustration; he also reconnected with music.
He left New York in 1993, heading for the Hudson Highlands where he quickly became obsessed with fishing the New York City watershed. Ford began painting the fish he caught, striving to capture their “iridescent beauty.”
He fishes more than one hundred days a year and ties his own flies. Along with painting, Ford is a talented musician and graphic artist. His love of angling and the natural world has led him to specialize in fine art paintings of fish. Flick Ford’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.” - Flick Ford