“Truly second to none.” Joe Daniel, Wild on the Fly magazine
Martin always had an artistic gift, and when he was a teenager he discovered Trout Fishing!
It was inevitable that he would combine his love of Trout with his art, and in his early twenties he began to paint portraits of Trout on commission.
Martin's work hangs in some of New Zealand's best Fishing Lodges, and in private collections around the world.
Martin was a contributing artist and a regular writer for New Zealand's "Fish & Game" magazine. He also contributed some illustrations for "Fly Fisherman" magazine in the United States.
This is one of Martin's paintings on the cover of "Fish & Game."
Martin wrote "Everything about fishing is beautiful - the places fish live are beautiful, the equipment is beautiful, the unfurling of a good cast is beautiful, and the fish themselves are beautiful."
Martin endeavoured to capture some of this beauty in his paintings.
See the Gallery page for some examples of his magnificent work. And the Prints page to buy copies.
...and the Beast.
This was Martin's fish of a lifetime -
a 16 pound wild New Zealand Brown Trout, caught and released in January 2015.
Martin affectionately named him 'Brutus.'
Martin Simpson, artist, illustrator, and mad keen trout fisherman, lived with his wife Penny and children Katy and Matthew near New Zealand’s Tararua Forest Park, with its bush-clad mountains, crystal clear waters, and beautiful Brown Trout.
Until cancer took his life.