ABOUT FRED POLHEMUS SPORTSMAN'S PALETTE FOUNDER & OWNER
Fred Polhemus is considered one of America’s leading experts on Contemporary Sporting Art. His expertise has been developed over the past 30 years with companies and organizations such as Greenwich Workshop, Imagine Entertainment, International Game Fish Association, Mystic Seaport Museum, The Orvis Company, Dreamworks, Newport Harbor Nautical Museum and Universal Studios. His writing on sporting art has appeared in many publications including Anglers Journal, Covey Rise, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Sea Island Life, The American Fly Fisher, Virginia Sportsman, Western Art & Architecture and Wildlife Art Magazine, among others. He is the nation’s foremost authority on the paintings of Arthur Shilstone, and is the author of Arthur Shilstone: A Lifetime of Drawing & Painting, the only comprehensive book on the 70-year career of today’s premier sporting art watercolorist Arthur Shilstone. In 2011, he curated Shilstone’s 70-year retrospective exhibition. For over 13 years he has served on the Board of the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont. He represents over 24 of the top sporting artists through Sportsman’s Palette, Inc. and Orvis Sandanona, Millbrook, NY providing specialized guidance to private and institutional sporting art collectors worldwide.
An avid angler and outdoorsman, Polhemus currently splits his time between Connecticut & Vermont. He is available for speaking engagements on Sporting Art. Phone: (802) 598-8301; Email: email@example.com
ABOUT KATIE POLHEMUS FISHER STILLMAN CO-FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Fine Art and the Beautiful Outdoors Have Been in My DNA Since Day 1.
I’m very fortunate to have been exposed to both at such an early age, having grown up in New England in a home filled with art (sporting art, in particular.) As I grew, I found that an affinity to fine art became a driving factor in many of my decisions in life - my hobbies, my studies, my travels, et cetera.
In early 2020, at the height of a global pandemic, sitting in my Milwaukee suburbs apartment, I realized it was time for me to return to those roots. In the middle of suburbia U.S.A., surrounded by countless billboards looming over hundreds of miles of highways, the land developed as far as the eye can see, I found myself nostalgic for the natural beauty of the New England landscape, and all the artistic endeavors it inspires.
Out of this nostalgia came the idea for Fisher Stillman Fine Art - a brand dedicated to the natural beauty of the outdoors. Having worked with my dad at Sportsman’s Palette for the past year, this new focus seemed like a natural next step - for the Sportsman’s Palette brand, sporting art has always been about honoring outdoor pastimes and the sportsman’s relationship to the land. With Fisher Stillman, I wanted to create a new brand dedicated solely to the natural beauty of the landscape. It was a natural way to simultaneously expand the Sportsman’s Palette brand while marrying my love of natural, untouched beauty and fine art together.
My hope is that others like myself who have an affinity for both the outdoors and beautiful paintings, and maybe just a little bit of New England nostalgia, will be able to find a little slice of paradise to add to (or start!) their collection through Fisher Stillman Fine Art.
In 2019 I graduated from Carnegie Mellon Univ. in Pittsburgh, PA, with a BA in Linguistics. During my time there, I lived in Florence, Italy for several months to study linguistics and art history through Middlebury College.
If you’d like to chat about art, the beautiful New England landscape, or anything in between, I can be reached at 802.598.0996 (text or call) or firstname.lastname@example.org.