Born: 1884 - Huron, South Dakota
Died: 1966 - Outer Banks, North Dakota
Frank Stick gained recognition as an illustrator for magazines such as “Collier’s”, “Saturday Evening Post”, “Ladies Home Journal” and “Outdoor America” during the early part of the 20th century. He is most known for painting hundreds of hunting and fishing scenes to illustrate outdoor and adventure stories. In addition to his contribution to the art world, Stick was a man of vision. After visiting the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the 1920s on a surf-fishing trip, he became enamored with the region and its potential as a tourist destination. It was largely through Stick’s efforts that the Cape Hatteras National Seashore was established as America’s first national seashore.
In 1908, he married Ada Maud Hayes, who he met as a student at the Howard Pyle School where she was a model for the artists. Together they had two children, Charlotte in 1909 and David, who became a noted Outer Banks author, historian, and community leader and philanthrapist, in 1919. Though best known for his outdoor illustrations, Frank Stick later sold real estate and developed land after moving to North Carolina's Outer Banks in the mid-1920s. Stick was also an ardent convervationist and played a major role in establishing both the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the Virgin Islands National Park.