Walt Spitzmiller (American, born 1944)
JACK HEMINGWAY LITTLE WOOD, IDAHO
Oil on canvas, 24” x 35”
King Gallery Sportsman’s Edge Ltd., New York
Jack Hemingway was an avid sportsman and conservationist, who claimed to outfish his legendary father Ernest. A profile of Jack appeared in the Nov. 5, 1984, edition of Sports Illustrated. Written by longtime SI journalist E.M. Swift and illustrated by Walt Spitzmiller, the article was accompanied by paintings of Hemingway in the rivers and fields he loved.
In the article Hemingway discusses conservation and his father: “My father lived in a time when, if you didn’t like a place anymore, there was always another place you could move to that was unspoiled. You can’t do that now. You have to make a stand somewhere. That’s why conservation issues are so important. In general, we’re getting better hunting and fishing than he ever got out here, but we have to work a helluva lot harder to get it.” It is because of this that Jack Hemingway donated almost 500 acres along the Little Wood River to the state of Idaho with the provision that only fly- fishing be allowed. He also served as the Idaho Fish and Game commissioner, working to build the quality of fishing by encouraging catch and release.