The life of Utah artist Tim Johnson is permeated by fly fishing. In addition to being a lifelong angler and artist, Tim is a guide, contract fly designer, university fly fishing instructor– adjunct professor, and recreation therapist who uses fly fishing to treat adolescents with autism, veterans with PTSD, and others. Even his therapy notes are covered with fishy doodles, some of which have found their way onto Orvis hats, buffs, and shirts.
Tim has worked primarily in watercolors, but about five years ago, he developed a new medium: hand-burning original artwork into the cork grips of fly rods. He calls these pieces of piscine pyrography “Timmy Grips” and makes them to order, turning a favorite rod into a truly one-of-a-kind work of functional art.