Fine art, outdoors

Sam Caldwell

Texas State Artist 2004

Texas Ducks Unlimited Artist 2010-2011

CCA Dallas Conservationist of the Year, 2015

Perry R. Bass Wall of Fame 2016 / Texas Maritime Museum

Coming and recent events

Saturday, August 20

Saturday, July 16

Wet Dreams

Transparent oil on canvas, set for live auction at the 2016 Texas Oilman's Charity event, July 16.

Gclee's available: 28 x 23




A beautiful work of art-- and the painting isn't too bad, either. CCA Central Houston Live Auction.

“Gotcha!” The painting features Will Ohmstede Jr's son, Kiernan Cruger, working on a huge marlin off Costa Rica. Will Said, "In two fishing days, Kiernan, all of 8 years old, in the fighting chair, caught six of our blues. Then, we strapped a man-size fighting belt on Kiernan. After an epic battle, Kiernan won a fight with the largest blue of the trip.”

The painting continues a long standing tradition; Caldwell provided a painting for the first-ever Central Houston CCA banquet 1n 1978. This work is the latest in Caldwell’s renowned transparent oil series. Sam says he is proud to have followed Lefty Kreh as a CCA Conservationist of the Year, and was recently inducted into the Perry R. Bass Wall of Fame at the Texas Maritime Museum.

Aw, Shucks... Caldwell inducted into the Perry R. Bass Wall of Fame.

Rockport, Texas– Monday, March 21, 2016.

Maritime Collections and Education Center of the Texas Maritime Museum, Rockport, Texas.

Aransas County Judge Burt Mills, and artist Sam Caldwell.

Judge Mills fought years for the opening of Cedar Bayou, and won. He completed the last few huge dredge shovelfuls, and this small shovelful to unite the bay with the Gulf of Mexico.


Caldwell does his best Donald Trump imitation. So, this is what a fish looks like?

For a video featuring Caldwell, click on this link:


A new work now complete

"Distribution Disagreement"

A Scot in the highlands of Colorado has made a good shot, and is faced with the need of making a second great shot. Or, lighting a shuck.

Done in my new Talens Cobra painting technique. To view a video from idea sketches to finished painting-- with Highland music-- click on the bear's eye. Might take a minute to load, so be patient.


Chest Thumping Time

Howdy, pards who appreciate outdoor art. Once in a while, one should be allowed to do a bit of chest thumping. For the fifth year, a Caldwell watercolor has been accepted in the prestigious International Watercolor Exhibition. Now at Elite Status.

In 2011, the jury chose "Traditions Continued." In 2012, the jury chose “Owner Of The Mountain.” In 2013, “Sunrise Announcement.”

In 2014, I missed entering a painting, due to a certain commission in Scotland, and a visit through Normandy. There’s a link to the Normandy trip on my website. Drop by and visit with Iron Mike.

In 2015, they chose “The Farrier.” This year, it was “Stoney Creek Wild.”

The jury chose not to include one of my favorite works of all time, “Dawn Advance on Caumont, Scots Third Guard.” I guess the rifles and bayonets offended the Politically Correct sensibilities of the judges.

Here are images, if you have an interest in judging for yourself.

Owner of the Mountain

Sunrise Announcement

The Farrier

Stoney Creek Wild

Dawn Advance On Caumont, 1944; Scots Third Guard-- One of my favorite paintings, ever.




Recent Works





Contact Sam

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Past events-just scroll down


Informal Portraits, a new site under construction
Here are a few of my favorite outdoor portraits done over some 45 years. Some are old, some are brand new. Research is underway for some of the names. Check back a bit later. Or, give me a call with a name. 281-455-9390.—Sam Caldwell

Tim Merrick of Wintergreen, Virginia, with Max on Stoney Creek. Harry Briscoe, Hexigraph Rods on a Chilean river.

To view many of Caldwell's outdoor portraits, click on any of the images.


Brookies in Stoney Creek / Full size and closeups of the fisherman and Brookies

Cobra Transparent oil on Huile paper / 20" x 28"

"Brookies In Stoney Creek" / Available $2,000


A few favorite paintings from 2015 / Gclees available, if original is sold

"Spring Creek Ranch Valley" / Watercolor / Available $2,000

"Gotcha!” Oil. 24” x 18" / Young lad chooses to fight a marlin

with stand-up gear. The lad wins, barely. Available $3,000


"Dawn Advance" / Third Scots Guards, Normandy,

June 27, 1944 Watercolor / available $3,000

The Farrier / watercolor / Chosen for the Houston National

Watercolor exhibition, 2014 / Available, framed: $4,000

"The Inlet" / watercolor / Gclee available: $385

"A Scholarship Trout" / oil-watercolor on Huile

Art prints avaialable from Coastal Conservation Texas



Caldwell named Conservation Sportsman of the year by CCA Dallas

The Pantheon of previous Dallas Conservationists began with Gary Lumas in 2012, included Gregg Stunz in 2013 and Lefty Kreh in 2014.

The award ceremonies took place at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, April 16.

Caldwell ended his remarks with, "There are people who deserve this award more than me, but I'm going to keep it."

CCA Dallas President Hal Thomas. Caldwell's painting was featured in the Live Auction.

To watch the painting grow, click on the osprey.



To read Caldwell's remarks, click on the American flag. Photos by Vizi Lange-Caldwell

Richard Pratt and Caldwell with Caldwell's painting, "Greater Fish Hawks." Pratt won the painting in the Live Auction.



One of my lifelong Bucket List items has been a visit to the beaches of Normandy. A window of opportunity opened in June, when an assignment for a feature story required my presence in France as well as Scotland. I will be working on paintings and a feature from the trip in the near future.

Iron Mike / Sculpted by Leah Hiebert, this powerful statue depicts an Airborne trooper with a Thompson submachine gun at the ready. The statue was not named for any one man or unit, but rather dedicated to all paratroopers, past, present and future. Iron Mike overlooks the Merderet River, where many troopers--parachutists as well as glider troops-- landed to begin the liberation of occupied Europe.

Pointe du Hoc / At dawn on June 6, some 225 Rangers scaled these cliffs to eliminate the threat of huge artillery pieces. They succeeded after two days of severe fighting. Only 90 Rangers made it through, but continued fighting for many days.

To view a series of photos from the Normandy and Scotland visit, click on Iron Mike's Tommy Gun or the rock of Pointe du Hoc.


This painting sold at the Port O'Connor Live auction. Gclee prints available.

Detail of "Tarpon For Two at Cedar Bayou" / An oil painting in Caldwell's unique transparent style.

Below are studies for two new paintings, available late February

"Tough Day On The Horizon"

A high country elk rises at dawn. Will it see dusk?

This is the study. The 30" x 24" Transparent oil is $4,000

"Casting for Browns, or Rainbows, or Kokanee, Whatever Likes A Streamer"

This is the study. The 30" x 24" Transparent oil is $4,000




An oil study for the Texas Oilman's Tournament, 2015.

Click on the marlin's eye for a video of the painting from beginning to end.



A couple of recent Caldwells. One commissioned by the Houston Big Game Fishing Club,

the other by the Coastal Conservation Association

"Big Fish for a Tough Kid"

Click on the marlin for a video, start to finish of the art.

"First Jump at Cedar Bayou"

Commissioned by the San Antonio CCA to commemorate the opening of Cedar Bayou. Click on the fisherman for a video.


A new video in Cobra oils: Patrick Henry for the Texas Society, DAR

To watch Caldwell's portrait as it developed from idea through sketch to completion,

click on the American flag. May take a dozen seconds to download, so be patient.



While in Scotland, I just had to visit the CALDWELL GOLF CLUB, and the ALAMO BAR. Here's a couple of pix.

For a tour of both places, click on the Caldwell Golf Club sign or the Lone Star flag.


Here's a series of Caldwell art as "videos."

Due to the magic of stop action photography, you can watch as each of these paintings begins and moves to completion.

Just click on any painting.

Sean and Kenyon, Queen's Bathtub, Hawaii

Sean and Kenyon, Bonefishing

Jim Weinzetl and Jazz, one of the world's finest pointers


Lon Dekkers of Canson and Caldwell did a November demo

for the Northwest Art League in Spring Texas. Click on either image for more pictures.


"Confused Soldiering"A feature story for Scots Heritage Magazine.

Both paintings are on Arches Huile paper, in Cobra Oil/Watercolor.

Normandy, 1942: Third Tank Battalion, Scots Guards has landed at Juno Beach. Tank Commander Lieutenant Andrew Elgin is engaged in the critical battles leading to the Caumont Breakout. His tank is hit August 11, 1944. Lord Elgin's story can be read by clicking on the piper and the Churchill tank.

Two Caldwell paintings for a feature story about the Normandy landings, the advance through the hedgerow regions and the final breakout of the allies at Caumont. In June, Caldwell will be retracing the Normandy invasion, from Omaha and Utah Beaches to Juno, Sword and Gold; sipping wine in St. Mere Eglise where the 82nd Airborne fought, and walking the cliffs at Point Du Hoc.

The video on the right includes bagpipe music, and may take a minute or two to open, so be patient.


3rd Scots Guards advance on Caumont at dawn. A piper leads a Churchill tank crew.

A Churchill tank has been hit, and the crew escapes the burning tank.

This just in from the Outdoor Writers Association of America—art from CCA Currents newsletters takes top awards in national contest.

First Place, Illustration/Graphic Contest, General/Overall Category, “Big Surf, Big Sky, Big Fish On, cover of the February/ March 2013 Currents. Cobra oil/watercolor on Canson Huile paper.

Second Place, Illustration/Graphic Contest, General/Overall Category, “Deep Red Structure” cover of the June/July 2013 Currents. Both were paintings by Sam Caldwell. Cobra oil on canvas.






The Farrier

Chosen for the 2014

International Watercolor Exhibtion

Cobra oil/watercolor medium on

Arches Oil Paper




More Where They Came From

Three quail for Kenneth Marks

Cobra oil/watercolor medium on Arches Oil Paper



Several recent paintings:

Cobra oils on gesso, and Canson's Arches water/oil paper


Cactus and Tailfeathers

Cobra oils on canvas


Quail to Go

Cobra oil on Canson Arches water/oil paper

Knee Deep Reds

Cobra oils on Canson's Arches water/oil paper

Deep Red Structure

Cobra oil on Canson's Arches water/oil paper

General Sam Houston

Cobra oils on Canson's Arches water/oil paper

All the paintings in videos are available as Giclees. See, "Pricing" link elsewhere.

Recent events

Houston Highland Games!

Clan tents, bagpipes, Celtic music, big men throwing heavy stuff around,

little kids having fun. Click on the little girl or the huge hurler for a visit to the 2014 games.



One of the finest outdoor events this year-- The CCA Concert for Conservation, May 18 at the Sam Houston Race Park. Dwight Yoakam, Hayes Carll, Robert Earl Keen and Ray Wylie Hubbard jammed for 3,000 fans. A great moment shown below-- Robert Earl Keen brought Lyle Lovett to the stage for two numbers.


My favorite new quail painting-- Quail To Go. Edition of 20 gclee art prints. $358, signed and numbered. 28" x 24".


Other new Caldwell art prints are available: edition of 20 each, signed and numbered. 28" x 24", $385.

Here are a couple of recent paintings that graced the covers of the Currents newsletter.

Big Surf, Big Sky, Big Fish On

Deep Red Structure


TOWA Annual Meeting in New Braunfels, Texas.

Caldwell receives the L.A. Wilke Award. For a visit with some fine outdoor writers and great faces at the Texas Safari Ranch, click on the red award case. For pro photographer David Redwine's images, go to his fine website: (events)

Incoming President David Sikes congratulates Sam Caldwell. Caldwell said, "There's been a mistake. Other people here tonight deserve this award more than me. But I'm going to keep it."


Trout Unlimited Banquet in New Braunfels, on Canyon Lake

Caldwell paints a trout picture while the flyfishing crowd heckles. Click on the painting for a visit.

Crab Trap Grab in Port O'Connor, Texas

Click on the airboat for a few photos from the annual bay cleanup in Port O'Connor, Texas.


Outdoor Art Expo Indoors

Orvis Houston December 10, 2011

Ben Kocian, Les McDonald and Sam Caldwell enjoyed an evening with friends. Hope we saw you there.

Les McDonald's new pelican print, and Ben Kocian's classic blue Marlin painting drew many raffle dollars for the CCA HTFT program. Caldwell's watercolor demo was won at the end of the evening. The winner was Shaun Jones. Heath Bryant won the Orvis flrod and reel, Ashley Ahlfinger won the Caldwell art print, Gary Burns won the Les McDonald print and Ben Kocian's art print went to Dixie Swearingen.



Caldwell's watercolor demo, Lighthouse Cove Reds, was improved with the help of several young artists: Sam andSarah, Blyn, Tate and Shaw. At the end of the evening, the watercolor was won by Shaun Jones.

The Kocian and McDonald prints, along with the Orvis Access Fly rod set, will be on view and available for further raffle sales until Saturday, December 17. This will allow for further contributions to the CCA's HTFT program. For a tour of Caldwell paintings shown at the Orvis event, click on the lad in red.

Recently announced by Ducks Unlimited, Texas:

"Thirteen Years Old" wins honors for Caldwell as Texas State Artist, 2010-2011

A few paintings from the Orvis evening: Fishing the Inlet, Ancient Traditions Continued, Heart Mountain Valley, and Three Studies for Triptychs.


A few portraits from the past, a couple from the present, one from the future.


Robert Burns. Caldwell presented a Burns print to the Robert Burns Federation in Paisley, Scotland. Click on Robby's red book.

King Robert The Bruce. Commissioned by Lord Andrew Elgin. For a tour of recent Scot events, click on King Robert's sword.

Sir Walter Scott. Scotland's great historical novelist & poet. Click on Scott's foulard for more details.

Joe McBride and Texas Governor Rick Perry. A future Caldwell painting in the Texas capitol?

Walter Fondren III. Best Outdoor Painting, 2010: TOWA

Dr. James Naismith: Scholar, educator, inventor of basketball. A future commission of national scope? We'll see.

Lawrence Rearick and son Justin with Justin's first buck.


Ahh, Abaco, the Bahamas:

Hundreds of miles of bonefish water inside, thousands of fathoms of fish-filled bluewater outside in the Atlantic. A few paintings coming up soon.

Click on the bonefish to see a video with good old Texas music from a trip by the Gofers (Grumpy Old Fishermen) and a couple of Caldwell watercolors- one at the open, one at the close.




Wounded Warriors 2008-2009-2010 The little fishing village of Port O'Connor hosts recovering veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Music written and performed by Craig Carter of Heart Mountain, Texas. Pledge Of Allegiance by Charlie Daniels. Click on an American flag for a heart-warming trip to a small town classic.




For a YouTube video of a crashing glacier, click on the puffin.

Puffins, orcas

and bears,

oh my!

A few sketches for Alaska paintings by Caldwell

Large and In Charge in Denali / Preliminary sketch in watercolor, for a large transparent oil. Several other Alaska studies are available for commissions.



At Chena Hot Springs, Alaska, two prestigious awards were presented to Caldwell by the Outdoor Writers Association of America

"Thirteen Years Old" A pair of thirteen-year old hunters wait for incoming river mallards. Named DU's Texas State Artist, Caldwell did this painting for the 2010-2011 DU art print.

"Copano Bay Redfish" Painted for the Aranzazu children's benefit, the two fishermen are Bum Phillips and Dan Pastorini.

The paintings went at auction to benefit conservation organizations.

Both images are available as Giclees; 28" x 24", $385. A smaller giclee, 13" x 19" is $185. For Giclee prints of either of these images, give me a call or email: sam @samcaldwell. com or 281-455-9390.

A few recently completed paintings are now available. Contact Sam Caldwell for information:, or 281-455-9390


Let's Go Rodeo: near Marathon, Big Bucks Ranch / Two Fishers, One Inlet


Three Surf Sharks / Hill Country Stream

For all my OWAA/ CCA friends, and other folks with good taste in art, here are a few links to some recent art and events. Click on an image for a visual visit.

CCA recent events, the art:

San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Greater Woodlands. Coming up October 18, Lee County and Port O'Connor, Oct. 20.

Dallas CCA banquet

San Antonio CCA banquet

Austin CCA banquet

Greater Woodlands CCA banquet



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Denali Grayling fishing on a tundra stream... Kenai fjord trip: Leaping orcas! Crashing glaciers!


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Chena Hot Springs: OWAA Breakout Day on the lake... Many OWAA folks, and Bernie Karl, an Irresistible Force for recycling, sustainable energy.

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Quail Coalition, Central Texas: "Leave Some For Seed"

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Inuit Dancers at Chena Hot Springs, OWAA Annual Meeting

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Alaska highway, Salmon Hatchery, Sea Life Center in Seward.

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Three bonnie shooting lassies at Chena Hot Springs.

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The Wild Wells Golf Tourney, Kingwood Country Club, benefitting Shriners Childrens Hospital