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Lived/Active: Arkansas/Illinois      Known for: waterfowl painter, porcelain

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Larry Denton was born in Peoria, Illinois and moved to Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1961, and resides there today. He graduated from Southside High School in Fort Smith in 1968, where he dabbled in art. He entered the University of Arkansas studying architecture. In 1973 he became disenchanted with architecture and started studying art at the U of A.

Mr. Denton studied under the renowned surrealistic artist Donald Roller Wilson. After leaving college, Mr. Denton started a career as a general contractor. He designed and built custom homes in and around the Fayetteville, ARK area until 1977. In September of 1977 he married Lynette Harris.

Due to his construction company and design work with ultra modern custom homes, his artwork was put on the back burner until 1993. He received a commission from one of the hospitals to do a painting for one of their satellite hospitals not far from Fort Smith, Ozark Mercy Hospital/Turner Memorial in Ozark, Arkansas. After completing this commission, it rekindled his desire to really pursue painting. One of Mr. Denton's subcontractors after seeing his artwork suggested that he check into the duck stamp programs. His wife inquired from the Department of the Interior about information concerning different states that were open to competition from artists.

In 1996, Mr. Denton entered his first duck stamp contest, which was in the state of Massachusetts. He finished third on his first try. Later Mr. Denton met Mr. Ted Harmon, who allowed him to paint one of his decoys. Mr. Harmon was instrumental in Mr. Denton participating in the Massachusetts duck stamp program by allowing him to paint his decoys.

Mr. Denton has since entered other wildlife competitions in Ohio, Florida, and the Federal Duck Stamp Competition. He has successfully participated with two waterfowl paintings being used for the Arkansas state wildlife calendar.

In 2003, Mr. Denton won the Massachusetts Duck Stamp contest with an oil painting of a Massachusetts wood duck decoy carved around between 1912 and 1915 by the deceased carver, Mr. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952) for one of Crowell's avid collectors, Dr. John H. Cunningham. It is a very colorful decoy, 14 inches in length. The bodies of Crowell's decoys were usually made of cured swamp cedar and the heads from cured white pine. The decoy is now a part of the collection owned by Theodore S. Harmon of West Barnstable, MA.

In his involvement with the waterfowl stamp programs, Mr. Denton has appreciated the wetlands and waterfowl that occupy them. With the different birds that he has painted, he has enjoyed studying the various species and their habits. With programs like the duck stamp program, it will help insure that the wetlands and waterfowl will have a place in our children's and their children's future. Mr. Denton is proud to be a part of it.

Mr. Denton also works in porcelain, and bronze.


Submitted July 2004 by a researcher at the Ashworth Collection of Native American and Western Art in Fort Smith, ARK.

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