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|From Utah, Ryan Skidmore is a wildlife painter working in realist style
concerned about extinction of species and the necessity, for historical
purposes, of recording wildlife in their natural habitats. He
predicts that some species available as subjects today are disappearing
such as the polar bear, who may become extinct with the melting of the
Arctic ice cap. He says: "The day may not be far off when
the only record of many species will be the work of wildlife artists,
so it would be nice if those representations were realistic and not
some individual perception reflected in contemporary impressionism."
(46) Skidmore also believes that it is important to record the
landscape where the wildlife is found.|
He only paints animals he sees personally and does not paint from
second-hand pictures. He travels extensively in Canada, and is a
great admirer of Alaskan painter Carl Rungius (1869-1959).
Skidmore credits his highschool football coach, Mitch Rodgers, and his
art teacher, Glen Edwards, of Utah State, for the success of his art
career. Also, his father had many illustration magazines around
the household and aroused his interest in wildlife by taking him on
many hunting expeditions. Ryan showed early art talent and was
encouraged by his mother. However, his father was "dead set"
against him becoming an artist, until Skidmore had a very successful
show in 1999 in Park City, Utah.
Skidmore attended Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, and took art classes
that grounded him in drawing. Then he went to Weber State
University for two years, which he regarded as a waste of time, but
enrollment and a B.F.A. at Utah State and working with Glen Edwards
proved a turn around for him. Edwards didn't tell his students
what to paint but just told them to paint.
Taking the plunge as a fine artist, Skidmore works hard to help support
his family of three children and to make a positive contribution as a
wildlife artist. He says: "Being an artist is very hard
work. I know my neighbors think I have a very good and easy
life---just painting a few pictures here and there, but it is the most
difficult thing I have ever done. It is hard." (49) During
the days, he is a 'stay-at-home-mom', while his wife works as a dental
hygienist, and then in the evenings he is off to his studio.
Tony Varro, "Ryan Skidmore Wildlife Art", Wildlife Art, November 2006, pp. 46-48
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