Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, I spent my boyhood years in Verplanck, New York, where I learned to love the outdoors. The Boy Scouts were a conduit to nature and provided me with some of my most memorable adventures, including 50-mile canoe trips in upstate New York and backpacking in Cimarron, New Mexico.
I draw inspiration from familiar items, searching for elements that are often overlooked but that provide opportunities for compelling compositions. Working from my Midlothian, Virginia studio I use photographic references, complemented by field studies, from regional wildlife refuges to the African bush, to compose my drawings and paintings.
My work has appeared in numerous national exhibitions, including Birds in Art, Art of the Animal Kingdom and Art and the Animal.
For more information, please visit my website: http://www.rlcaldwell.com/