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|Known for large wildlife such as buffalo and antelope in landscape as
well as western scenes with cowboys, Larry Fanning, began his art
career as a commercial illustrator. He says he was born knowing that he
wanted to be an artist, but for many years submerged his unique
creativity in fine art for his illustration work.|
Fanning was born in Kansas where he was raised in Wichita. As a
young man, he was a competitive wrestler, becoming Kansas State
Champion in high school, which earned him a wrestling scholarship to
Kansas State University. He studied some liberal arts but took no
formal art classes.
Then he moved to Santa Monica, California where he took a job in the
public relations unit of Boeing Aircraft. Of this he
said: "My art talent was used to try and sell bombers to the Air
Force." He also did commission work for Hallmark Cards and Mattel
Toys, and for two years, had a call-in radio show.
Seeking a spiritual quest of trying to enrich his life, he immersed
himself for nearly two decades in religious ministry, and traveled
giving motivational talks. However, he decided that he was not
following the advice he gave to others, which was 'follow your
dream'. He put a portfolio of his paintings together, which led
to gallery representation and to sales, and that gave him confidence to
pursue the fine-art painting he wanted to do.
In 1988, Larry Fanning moved to Evergreen, Colorado, where he met his
wife, Wanda at a dance class. She gave up her law practice in
order to manage the marketing side of his career. He has found
his subject matter in the Rocky Mountains where their home on the Front
Range overlooks Loveland Pass.
Fanning is much committed to the idea that to be a successful artist,
do not sit back and think the world is going to come to you. You
need to produce quality work and then make sure that the public becomes
aware of it.
Tony Varro, "Larry Fanning: Late Bloomer Finds Success", Wildlife Art, May/June 2006, pp. 40-44
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