Clifford Fishwick began his artistic training at the Liverpool School of Art. He later began teaching at Exeter College of Art and Design in 1947 and went onto become principal in 1958. Fishwick continued his artistic practise throughout his teaching and became a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists spending time and exhibiting together with other contemporary artists among them Peter Lanyon. Fishwick exhibited widely throughout his career, including the Royal Academy and the Penwith Society of Arts. He married a fellow artist, Patricia and together they settled in Topsham, Devon. His work gained acclaim in the 2012 sale of his work At the Wheel of Boojum that reached a hammer price of £2000 at Christies Auction House. His legacy continues to be represented by the British Museum in London and the University of Plymouth among others.