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Sporting dogs (Labrador Retrievers), birds of prey and other wildl
Artist Larry Chandler was born in Alabama on June 25, 1951. He became interested in art at a very early age. His dad was a talented artist and helped inspire Larry to draw well before he started grade school. Frequent hunting trips with his dad and brother growing up exposed Larry to nature and all its wonders. While out in the field, Larry learned to pay close attention to his wildlife subjects - their detail, habits and surroundings. Most of Larry's early paintings were watercolors and pastels. Later, he was introduced to oils by a neighbor who also painted. This proved to be the medium he chose for his future artwork.

Although he always loved painting wildlife, much of Larry's early works were portraits of people. After seeing paintings of African game by his highly-regarded artist friend Michael Schreck, who had taken many photographs on a trip to Africa, Larry became reinspired to concentrate on wildlife. At that point in time, Larry could paint almost anything, but he found accurately depicting animals in their natural habitat to be the most challenging.

Larry began entering art competitions and painting covers for magazines in 1988. After earning top honors from judges in several competitions, he gained the courage to sell his successful sign company and go into art full time. He gained national attention when his design of Redheads was chosen as winner of the 1991-92 Alabama Duck Stamp Contest. He was commissioned to design 3 wildlife conservation stamps and prints for the State of Arkansas and designed others for Waterfowl USA and the Tennessee Valley Waterfowl Association. His Pintail design recently won the 2002-03 Alabama Duck Stamp Contest.

Larry has been National Artist of the Year for Ducks Unlimited (twice), Quail Unlimited, Waterfowl USA and his art hangs in the Smithsonian Institution. He has done artwork for The Franklin Mint, Lennox Co., The Hamilton Collection, SeaBrook Wallpaper Company, Spillsbury Puzzle Company, Ravensburger Puzzle Company, Manuel Wood Workers and Weavers, Goodwin Weavers, Fine Art Creations and Marathon Apparel to name a few. Larry still paints a variety of subject matter, but his popular sporting dog portraits have brought him the acclaim that has earned him commissions in several fields of art.

Support for Conservation:

Larry worked in secret 14 months on and off painting before the Ivory-billed woodpecker rediscovery was announced to the world. Long time friend Bobby Harrison was one of the key players in the first sighting that brought men to tears to have witnessed. Proclaimed the Greatest Ornithological rediscovery of the 21st Century, the news of the bird's existence spread like wildfire around the globe. "Very seldom do we have a second chance for wildlife believed to have become extinct, we have been given a second chance", says Gale Norton of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Larry's painting "Elusive Ivory" was selected by Cornell Lab of Ornithology for their Washington Press release early in 2005. The painting has now been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, Science Magazine, The Department of the Interior Magazine, National Geographics Traveler Magazine, used by the Audubon Society for fund raisers, Alabama Wildlife Federation Magazine, and the World Wildlife Fund.
The Offical Ivory-billed Woodpecker Conservation Stamp & Print will be released for sale Sept., 2005. A major portion from the sales of these stamps & prints will help fund the efforts of Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Nature Conservancy, and the Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation. Further information about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker can be found at: www.ivory-bill-woodpecker.com
There are over 70 million birders in America as estimated by John Fitzpatrick of Cornell. If we all get behind this program it will make a great difference in the saving of this magnificent species. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in North America, with a wingspan of about 32".

Larry has, and still works closely with numerous conservation organizations like Ducks Unlimited, Quail Unlimited, Waterfowl USA, Alabama Wildlife Federation and many other wildlife conservation organizations. He also donates Labrador Retriever prints to assist Labrador Life Line, a non-profit lab rescue organization.
Special Achievements:
  • 2002 - Smithsonian Institution
    1997 and 2000 Arkansas Duck Stamps
  • The Pointing Dog Journal (2004)
    More about The Pointing Dog Journal
    Cover artwork and article featuring "Luke" (Reflections Collection - English Setter) - Portrait of an English Setter as both a puppy and adult.
    Published by: The Pointing Dog Journal
  • Dogs Afield (2003)
    More about Dogs Afield
    Cover artwork of "Nobles" - Portrait of Chocolate Lab, Golden Retriever, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Yellow Lab and Black Lab with action shots in field.
    Published by: Dogs Afield
  • The Pointing Dog Journal (1999)
    More about The Pointing Dog Journal
    Cover artwork and article featured "Nobles II" - Portrait of an English Setter, English Pointer, Brittany and German Shorthair.
    Published by: The Pointing Dog Journal
  • The Retriever Journal (1998)
    More about The Retriever Journal
    Cover artwork featured "When Rascals Become Legends" - Portrait of Black Lab, Yellow Lab and Chocolate Lab puppies and what they grow up to be.
    Published by: The Retriever Journal
  • Fur, Fish and Game (1988)
    More about Fur, Fish and Game
    Cover artwork of a raccoon - Larry's first prominent national magazine cover.
    Published by: Fur, Fish and Game Magazine
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