Alumni portfolios

  • Bright Water – Atlantic Salmon Fishing, Watercolor, 14"x21".
    Bright Water – Atlantic Salmon Fishing, Watercolor, 14"x21".
  • Ruffed Grouse, Oil, 17"x14".
    Ruffed Grouse, Oil, 17"x14".
  • Wyoming September, Oil, 20"x30".
    Wyoming September, Oil, 20"x30".
  • Labrador and Wood Duck, Watercolor, 10.5"x10".
    Labrador and Wood Duck, Watercolor, 10.5"x10".
  • Old Place Covey, Oil, 24"x36".
    Old Place Covey, Oil, 24"x36".
  • Poling the Flats, Watercolor, 14"x21".
    Poling the Flats, Watercolor, 14"x21".

Eldridge Hardie

Biography 

Eldridge Hardie was born in the hill country of Texas and grew up in El Paso. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting from Washington University in 1964. He has made Denver, Colorado, his home since 1966. Hardie is well known to collectors of fine sporting art and is widely considered one of the top living painters of the genre. Hardie's own bird hunting and fly fishing pursuits, which have taken him from Canada to the Caribbean, the southernmost tip of South America, Scotland, and all across this country, are joined with his artistic ability to make sporting moments live in his pictures. He has been honored with the first-ever retrospective exhibit at The National Bird Dog Museum. He was named the featured artist at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, South Carolina. He annually exhibits at the Prix de West Invitational at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Sporting Classics Magazine chose Hardie for its Award of Excellence in Art, putting him in the company of previous honorees Bob Kuhn and Robert Abbett. Also, the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame named him a Legendary Artist.

Hardie's paintings and drawings enhance numerous books about shotgunning and angling and have appeared in many magazines such as Southwest Art, Field & Stream, and Gray's Sporting Journal. His designs were chosen for five Texas Wildlife Conservation stamps. He was the inaugural Trout Unlimited Artist of the Year and an Atlantic Salmon Federation Artist of the Year. Prior to his concentration on sporting themes, he illustrated J. Frank Dobie's Rattlesnakes (Little Brown & Co.) and Now You Hear My Horn (University of Texas Press) by James Nichols.

Hardie is represented by J.N. Bartfield Galleries in New York, The Sportsman's Gallery in Atlanta and Beaver Creek, Colorado, and Collectors Covey in Dallas.

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Statement 

I was born to paint, hunt, and fish. Everyone comes to his life's work in a different way, and my route certainly was a fairly unlikely one. As a boy I made pictures of my part of the world and of the other parts I only saw on magazine pages and in my mind's eye. Could I have ever imagined the places my passions would take me, such as the Northwest Highlands of Scotland or the Rio Grande in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina?

Fortunately, I had good influences early on—parents that liked pictures and a father who was just enough of a sportsman to influence my path. My uncle, Eldridge King, a professional illustrator in New York, and El Paso's Tom Lea, a well-known painter and author and family friend, were my real-life career role models, and at the School of Fine Art at Washington University in St. Louis I got an excellent art education, especially from Barry Schactman.

The themes of my work come from personal experiences. The subject of my art is the look, not a story, so I am reluctant to say very much about a particular picture. I think words interfere with the viewer's personal response to what I have worked so hard to elicit in a visual way. If I've done my best as a painter, nothing else should have to be added. I want to convey the look and feel of the life of sport through my paintings and drawings.

I work in both oil and watercolor. I enjoy and value the qualities of both and would feel limited to work in only one. I also have used my affinity for drawing for the pictures I have made for numerous books.