Josh Udesen has a unique passion for rivers, water, fish and a need to be under an open sky. His early memories are forged with the indelible images of being outside. Between his youth on Lake Superior tributaries, years guiding fly anglers in Alaska and Oregon and a wanderlust leading him to explore the globe in search of both adventure and fish, there is much to inspire his art.
Josh’s love of drawing and painting is evident from his piles of sketchbooks and canvases dating back as far as he can remember. With little formal training, his art was always a hobby and has only recently developed into a more integral part of his life. Within the last few years his art has been a part of exhibitions in Seattle, Bozeman, Crested Butte, Breckenridge, Jackson Hole, Boise, Coeur D’Alene, Sun Valley, Denver and Bend. He was recently the Idaho Conservation League’s 2016 Artist in Residence and spent a year developing a portfolio of Idaho specific art. He is a 2019 recipient of the Alexa Rose Foundation's artist grant. Additionally, his art was chosen as a major component in Patagonia’s Fly Fishing apparel for the 2011 – 2020 seasons and is a big part of Montana Fly Company’s Artist Series of merchandise.
Although his career as an artist is becoming a bigger part of his life, he still juggles a career as a high school philosophy and comparative religions teacher at Riverstone International School. When not teaching or creating art he spends as much time as possible exploring Idaho with his 10 year old daughter and, on occasion, chases a trout or steelhead. What has made this transition to art most exciting is the realization that many people share his fascination, affection and affliction for fish and the natural world.
Visit his website: tightlinestudio.com