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Ron Gaines

About Ron Gaines

Most wildlife artists have a passion to bring a personal flavor or artistic expression to the
clay, canvas and drawing pad. I too share that same passion. My quest is a continuing
challenge to capture small hints, bits and pieces of this magical phenomenon called
wildlife. Within that artistic expression, the trails to our perceived destinations are
endless. Combining a degree of realism and impressionism is the foundation that I start
each body of work. Continuous study time in the outdoors is truly a goldmine.
Being part of the wilderness is the best classroom and studio to really understand the
bigger picture of wildlife and how they exist in nature.
Even though animals can be predictable at time, they are still as unique and different as
humans. I love observing animal behavior, gestures and rituals, especially that of the
North American species.

As an artist and sportsman I have a genuine care and concern for the longevity of all
wildlife facing the forever fading and fleeting reality of their natural habitat.
I am very blessed to have discovered art at such a young age. I had the opportunity to
study at the De Young Art Museum in San Francisco as a junior high student. Later
attended Boise State University where I studied business, art, drafting and earned a BA
degree. I had a fantastic career as a technical illustrator and graphics designer. I started
sculpting full time twelve years ago and have loved every minute of it. Whether I’m
bugling elk, rattling whitetails, calling turkeys or assisting wildlife organizations with
habitat improvement, it is a privilege and responsibility for me. The time spent, the miles
invested through adverse conditions just for an opportunity to observe, is what makes me
the artist I am.

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