Fish – 77 Great Fish of North America, Paintings by Flick Ford, Text by Dean Travis Clarke. “This book is a stunning celebration of this continent’s great fish, mostly game fish, with a sprinkling of fun (Pumpkin See Sunfish), history (Shad), and culinary delights (Snappers). These never before published watercolor portraits of fish, with text by the master of sport fishing, Dean Travis Clarke, combine to make an upscale guide for the naturalist, an aid to the angler, a tool for the educator and conservationist, and an enjoyable read for everyone. It’s part field guide and part angler’s soul, but most of all a feast for the eyes and an appreciation of our game fish and wildlife heritage.
Artist Flick Ford’s watercolors of individual specimens — many of which he caught — capture the perfection of the fish at the moment it was pulled from the water with translucent fins and an iridescent shine on the scales. The stunningly detailed paintings tell a tale at once celebratory, and cautionary since man’s impact on the natural world is an underlying theme in Ford’s ambition to capture in paint the great fish of North America. Everyone who fishes longs to land “the big one” and here it is…the best catch of the season for sports fishermen and weekend anglers alike.
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