About Me

Storm Above Mono Lake

Lahontan Cutthroat

Cindy Fox began her art career as a response to the popularity of her paintings of High Sierra trout fish. During her early life Cindy’s ex. husband was building homes.  Cindy often gifted her husband’s clients a fish painting to hang in their mountain home.  Her partner at that time was an accomplished fly fisherman and their love of the back country inspired Cindy’s paintings of fish, flies, and mountainous subject matter.  “We would pack our babies up on our horses and up to the high country we rode, He with his Walton Powell fly rod, and I with my horses and wanderlust.”

Kua and I  Bodie Peak

Mt. Thielsen, Ore

Article about Cindy by Editor Bob Madgic

As her paintings became more sought after she turned her talents into a full time career as a professional artist.  Her originals combine a range of media, acrylic wash, pen and ink, pencils and watercolor. She enhances her paintings on her signature framing, whereby she sews each painting onto specialty papers and fabrics. She has shown her work at the prestigious fly fishing lodge, Steamboat Inn, where author and sportsman Zane Gray once patronized during the 1930s, at the Mono Arts Gallery, Convict Lake Lodge, as well as following a circuit of prestigious art festivals through California, Oregon, Colorado, Montana, and Idaho.

A resident of the western Sierra outside Yosemite National Park, Cindy is a veteran long distance trekker, and an accomplished equestrian. Much of her summers are spent hiking the Sierra with her Aussie Kua, friends, and family members. She currently spends her time between working as a professional artist and ski instructor.  Her ancestry is steeped in Irish lore, and her children would say she takes a “wee bit” of sanguine liberty here. She would say it is the right of the Irish, artist, and lover of horses and mountains to do just that.

How Do I Paint My Originals

My original paintings are painted on fine linen, muslin, or silks.  I use a combination of pen and ink, watercolor or acrylic wash and pencils.  After I paint an original I have limited or open edition prints made on parchment.  I developed a framing technique that is really beautiful, and I have received wonderful praise and recognition on my unique framing.  After I paint my subject I stitch my work into specialty papers and fabrics enhancing the beauty of my subject, usually fish, scenes, or my Japanese Geisha Woman inspired from my bonsai garden.


Often in life we are asked or ask ourselves questions like, what do you do?  Or do you like what you do?  Probably most of us have at one time or another reflected on what we do and may or may not have liked what we do but honorably have carried on as best we can.  When I am asked what I do, I love saying I am a professional artist as I love my job so completely. I feel so fortunate to make a living doing what I really love.  My studio is my home where I love being.  And my inspiration is somewhere in the wilds of our beautiful earth which I love being in.  For me being an artist is the highest expression of Freedom.   What could be more free and exhilarating then creating a beautiful painting for others to enjoy.  When I travel to a beautiful river or hike a far and away peak somewhere to photograph my subject matter, I always think how thankful I am to do the work I do, have the family I have, my health, and to live in America.  Gratitude!

My Mission Statement

would simply be to inspire others to get out in nature to discover, enjoy, and connect with our natural environment.   Our fish and animals, our waterways, and planet are in environmental peril, which in turn jeopardizes the quality of life for all of us and our children.  I am asked literally thousands of times at art festivals, “how did you become a fish artist?” 95% of fish artists are men and of course both men and women are curious how I came to paint fish.  I laugh and smile and tell my journey of a family of fisherman and my life of horses and backpacking.  The public has blessed me, they love my work and I am swamped with orders.  If I inspire just a few people to get out there in nature enjoying and educating one’s self about our fisheries and the bigger eco system contained in our waterways and nature, then I feel really honored.

John Muir Trail

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