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|From Decatur, Alabama, Michael Schreck is a painter of history,
sporting, wildlife and portrait subjects with a specialty being scenes
from the Civil War and early American frontier such as Custer's Last
Stand, and Robert E. Lee with his horse, Traveler. Referring to
himself as 'pretty diverse' and 'a historian too', Schreck also depicts
many African animals. |
" 'Hunting and fishing are my inspiration, Schreck said, whether in
Africa, the United States or Scotland. There's a self-portrait
with a lion among other scenes featuring fly-fishing, canoeing and a
decoy carver. And sometimes he adds a bit of nostalgia, such as a
In 2000, his quail painting, A Close Call, became the image on
the Quail Unlimited Stamp. Other recognition has been selections
of his work for print reproduction by Ducks Unlimited and the Alabama
Schreck travels extensively throughout America and Africa as well as
Europe and South America. He says that Africa, England and
Scotland are his favorite places and wherever he goes, he immediately
seeks out the animals. Resulting are paintings of wild boar,
deer, pheasants, Alpine chamois, and buffaloes, especially The Cape
Buffalo, "the most dangerous and vindictive animal in Africa".
Michael Shreck is the son of jewelry and belt designer Ann Schreck,
also of Decatur, so his influence from childhood was creativity.
He credits his mother with much encouragement of his career.
Obviously proud of her son, she said: "We realized Mike had a
God-given talent when he was small. From the time he could hold a
pencil, he was drawing, so we always saw to it that he had drawing and
"She recalled his fascination as a child with a print of Custer's Last Stand
in his uncle's home. 'Mike would sit and study that for hours, and I
still have stacks of Custer's Last Stand drawings and paintings.
He's been doing them since he was 5 years old, and he's still doing
Patrice Stewart, "Lions, tigers & Robert E. Lee", review, The Decatur Daily, September 29, 2005.
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