Dwayne Harty

Dwayne recently finished a project for the Smithsonian.


Wildlife artist, Dwayne Harty, draws his inspiration by immersing himself in wilderness in order to study first-hand the wildlife and landscape that inspires him. Dwayne has been creating paintings and dioramas for over 35 years. His paintings are categorized into the following genres: landscape and wildlife depicted in large scale diorama and mural formats as well as gallery easel works. He also works as a sculptor and enjoys printmaking in the form of copper plate etchings. Dwayne eludes physical minutiae and surface detail in order to convey the transitory and ephemeral. His aesthetic concerns - such as shifts in color, temperature of light or how light illuminates an animal's coat - are those of an impressionist although his work is realistic.

Harty was commissioned by "The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative" (Y2Y) as their artist for the international traveling exhibition, Yellowstone to Yukon: the Journey of Wildlife and Art. This exhibition opened in 2011 at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming and in 2012 at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, Alberta. To prepare the work for this exhibition Harty traveled for three years by truck, raft, plane helicopter and horseback into some of North America's most remote and beautiful wilderness areas: from the Wind River Mountains and Yellowstone Park, Wyoming; Glacier National Park, Montana; up the spine of the Rockies through Waterton, Banff and Jasper National Parks; to the austere Tombstone Mountains in the Yukon and Nahanni National Park in the Northwest Territories. His travels and field work completed, Dwayne was appointed artist in residence at The Murie Center in Moose, Wyoming near Grand Teton National Park, after which, for two years, he maintained a studio at the Art Association of Jackson Hole to complete the final formal easel works. Harty was chosen as the 2011 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival artist with his painting "Strength and Vulnerability" depicting grizzly bear #399 with her three cubs.

Dwayne pursued formal art training at the Art Students League in New York City and was mentored by three of the 20th century's important wildlife artists: Bob Kuhn, Robert Lougheed and Clarence Tillenius. He also travelled to Europe to study the work of Bruno Liljefors, Wilhelm Kuhnert, Richard Friese and Heinrich von Zugel. And, by following in the geographic footsteps, from Yellowstone to Yukon, of Carl Rungius, Harty developed a particular gift for the subtle colors found in nature and natural behavior of animals in all their moods. His ability to paint animals in their habitats has led to commissions to paint dioramas for major natural history museums, visitor centers and park interpretive centers.

Dwayne lives in Victor, Idaho and makes his studio in Jackson, Wyoming. His paintings are in many corporate, public and private collections. In 2015 his works were featured in a retrospective exhibition at The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, New Jersey. Harty's diorama and mural work were featured in the PBS-TV thirty minute documentary, "Dwayne Harty: Journeys of an Artist". He is a member of the Explorers Club, NYC and the Salmagundi Club, NYC.

The thirty watercolors by Dwayne Harty were produced to illustrate the natural history text MAMMALS IN NORTH AMERICA by Robert E. Wrigley (Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature, 1986). Collaborations between Dwayne Harty and Robert Wrigley extend to "Manitoba's Big Cat: The Story of the Cougar in Manitoba" and the children's book "Large Mammals."

Select Exhibitions
New Work - Banff Residency 2012, Willock and Sax Gallery, Banff, Alberta
Yellowstone to Yukon: The Journey of Wildlife and Art, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming 2011 and Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies 2012.
Artists for Open Spaces, Montana Land Reliance exhibition and sale, Kalispell, Montana, 2005.
Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, Buffalo Bill Historical Center/Whitney Gallery, Cody, Wyoming, 2004.
Prix de West Exhibition, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,2003.
Masters of the American West, Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, California, 2003-4.
Contemporary Wildlife Artists, one of twelve North American wildlife artists featured in conjunction with Call of the Wild- Carl Rungius retrospective, McMicheal Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, 2002.
Western Visions Miniature Exhibition, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming, 1999 and 2004.

Select Awards
THE LEONARD J. MEISELMAN AWARD,   Society of Animal Artists 35th Annual Exhibition for painting titled "Algonquin Wolves,"  Ottawa, 1995.
INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR and AWARD OF MERIT 1994,  Nature works exhibition, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1994.
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE.  Society of Animal Artists,  New York.