Sporting art captures and communicates the inherent nature of a pursuit outdoors; fishing, hunting, wandering. It, in fact, may encompass many outdoors pursuits but has as its essence wild things, wild scenes and an essential "wildness" that must never, ever be lost. Again, think essential - because for many of us these images are critical for living a happy and meaningful life.
It's been poignantly said that 'art is the right hand of nature'. If so, the left hand will be worship, reverence and an unending spirit of preservation. We require nature to survive, not the other way around.
Anglers and artists alike must bring something to the river before they take anything from it. ~ Christopher Camuto
Sporting and wildlife artists are a singular breed. Unlike photographers, these artists strive to portray and construct an image unlikely to occur in nature. In doing that, some did very well - Fred Sweney, Chet Reneson, Thomas Aquinas Daly, Rod Crossman, John Swan and Eldridge Hardie all immediately come to mind as important sporting artists of our time. There have been dozens more and, hopefully, there will be many more in the future. But, we'll need a wild and unbridled world to do that.
Qwest Existere promises to be a whole new experience in fly fishing art and literature offerings. Powerful, meditative, informative and, yes, possibly even romantic. We're bringing something to the river. Tune in.