'Duel At Dawn'
'Golden Flats Permit'
'Prowling the Flat'
'Permit Moving In'
Stidham is uniquely qualified to paint the outdoor world. He is best known
for his dramatic oils of fish in their natural environment. It is true
that an artist expresses best that for which he has a passion and
familiarity. It follows then that many of Mikeís works are connected to
the outdoors and the world of fishing. The real essence of Mikeís work is
his use of light and Mike paints extensively outdoors on location to
accurately capture the true nature of his subjects. His works are painted
loosely, creating images that succeed on their total artistic merit,
rather than just routinely painting every scale, leaf & feather.
His paintings have been featured in publications such as Fly Fisherman,
Rod & Reel, Outdoor Life and Trout, and he designed the 1992 Texas
Saltwater Gamefish Stamp. Additionally, Mike is one of few artists who
has also worked in other media, such as hand-colored etchings and original
stone lithographs. Mikeís artwork has been the feature of tee shirts sold
through L.L. Bean and Nordstroms.
Mike is as much at home on the water as he is in front of an easel. He
guided for several years on the Snake River in Idaho and holds the IGFA
World Record for a Hammerhead Shark taken on a fly rod.
Art Bond, formerly of Western Wildlife Gallery in San Francisco said it
best - ďMike Stidham is, without a doubt, the best fly fisherman Iíve ever
seen. He can look at water running down a gutter and tell you when the
next hatch will occur and what itís going to be. He has a feel for water
thatís almost like a sixth sense.Ē
Demand for Stidhamís work is strong among collectors, outdoor enthusiasts
and those who enjoy the nature of his work. Mikeís perspective and unique
approach to his craft comes from years of spending time on, and in, the
water, chasing after the various species he then transforms into