Born in 1954 in Atlanta, Flick Ford was raised in Westchester County, New York. 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 1970s Flick fished the Adirondacks, New England, Long Island Sound, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, and the woodland lakes of Quebec, while pursuing two other passions: music (as lead singer in a garage rock band) and art. He took formal watercolor classes in the 1960s, figure drawing and graphic design classes between 1973 and 1976, and then studied art at Evergreen State College in Washington. Flick moved to New York City in 1978 and dove into the audio/visual scene of indie film, video, underground publishing, cartooning, illustration, and he reconnected with music. He performed in the East Village with several bands, and wrote and sang lead in The Crazy Pages for almost twenty years.
He left New York in 1993, heading for the Hudson Highlands where he quickly became obsessed with fishing the New York City watershed. The effects of over twenty years of pollution, over-development and acid rain became painfully apparent as he branched out to many of the Adirondack and Vermont brook trout places where he had previously fished. “I felt I should start to keep a record of the fish I caught. I wanted to catch and paint these fish, and show how they appear to me in all their iridescent beauty.”
Today, Ford makes his home in Rensselaer County, New York. He fishes more than one hundred days a year and ties his own flies. Flick Ford is a talented painter, musician and graphic artist. His love of angling and the natural world has led him to specialize in fine art paintings of fish. Flick'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).