Bob White’s paintings in The Art of Fly Fishing 2020 capture the pleasures of time spent watching the arc of the cast, feeling the silent pull of the current, and waiting for the snap of the line. One of America’s foremost painters of the sporting arts, he began his career wandering between Alaska and Patagonia for more than two decades as an itinerant fishing guide. With the help of these vibrant images, you too can enjoy fly fishing throughout the entire year.
About Bob White
A Minnesota artist and author whose work expresses a misspent youth, Bob White devoted his time reading the outdoor books and sport magazines of the day instead of doing his homework. Consequently, he has wandered between Alaska and Patagonia for more than three decades as an itinerant fishing guide, searching for gainful employment. He now paints and writes for a living, which is to say, he s still searching.
Bob has been influenced by such masters as Homer, Sargent, and Fournier, and by more recent artists, such as Pleissner, Jacques, and Sloane. He works in watercolors, oils, pencil, and ink, grasping the essence of a scene in a brief sketch. His ability to capture a fleeting moment through the eyes of a sportsman has earned him international recognition. His work hangs in the private and corporate collections of sportsmen on six continents.
Bob has guided fly fishers in Southwest Alaska and Argentina for more than three decades and continues to host fly fishing trips to Patagonia, Alaska, Kamchatka, and other destinations. The photographs that he takes of his guests in the field frequently appear in national publications and are often used as reference material for field and stream portraits.
Bob was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Artist in 2009. He was Fly Rod + Reel Magazine s Guide of the Year in 1988. As the 1994 Artist of the Year for the Alaska State Parks Foundation, Bob produced and donated the artwork for the first Alaska State Parks Foundation print. His work has been presented twice in Fly Rod + Reel Magazine s Gallery. Bob has been featured as a guide and artist on ESPN s Fly Fishing the World and Fly Fishing America, as well as on Ron Schara s Minnesota Bound.
Bob is a regular contributor to a myriad of national and international sporting publications. He illustrates the closing column in Ducks Unlimited, as well as Convergence a regular column in TROUT, the membership publication for Trout Unlimited.