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MEL DOBSON, Wildlife Artist

Sadly Mel passed away on July 16, 2016 at the age of 81.

As a member of the Society of Animal Artists and the Artists For Conservation Foundation, Mel primarily painted wildlife subjects in their natural environment. Mel worked in Scratchboard, Watercolor, Oil, Acrylic and Gouache. Some of his work has been reproduced as limited edition prints.

Raised on a ranch in Utah, he worked for the Washington State Department of Game for eighteen years prior to beginning a full time art career in the early 1970's. In 1977 he moved to Jackson hole, Wyoming to paint and show his work in Trailside Galleries. Mel has traveled throughout the western United States, Canada, Africa, and Europe, studying and researching wildlife. In 1984 he started Wolfwalker Galleries in Sedona, Arizona and lived there for twenty years. He and his wife Sunnie made their home in Montana where Mel could be found in his studio overlooking Flathead Lake, near Polson, Montana.

The gathering of research material for his work took Mel to various parts of the world:

2000 Mel spent three months in Alaska and British Columbia, studied among others, grizzly, (brown) and black bears.
1999 Two months in British Columbia, and southern Alaska, bears and moose.
1998 Traveled to the Pantanal region of Brazil, on a private ranch to study birds and wildlife including the jaguar, giant otters and the world's largest rodents, the capybara.
1996-97 Traveled to Western Canadian National Parks, Glacier, Mt Robson, Revelstoke, Jasper and Banff studying wildlife including elk, deer, moose and bears.
1993-4 East Africa, Spent two summers. Part of that time was spent in Tanzania, traveling the Serengetti Plains, Ngorongoro Crater, and into several other relatively unknown parks. In Kenya, spent the summer traveling through various parks with the assistance of the Kenya Wildlife Service, including; East and West Tsavo, , Meru, Abridare Mountains, the Siwah Swamps, Mount Elgon, Maralal and Mt Kenya.

Honors, Awards, Shows and Publications included:

Included with the Top 100 Artists in both the 1988 and the 1987 "Arts for the Parks", competition sponsored by the National Park Academy of Arts, Inc. in cooperation with the National Park Foundation.
Society Of Animal Artists Show, Cummings Nature Center, div of Rochester Museum And Science Center In Naples, New York.
ONE MAN SHOW, Tonsberg, Norway.
BEST OF SHOW - National Western Art Show And Auction.
BEST OF SHOW - Oregon Trail Western Art Show And Auction.
PURCHASE AWARD - National Western Art Show And Auction.
1ST PLACE - Wyoming Wildlife Federation 1984 (big game print stamp).
Limited Edition Prints For Auction Catalogs, Museum Of Native American Cultures, Show & Auction, And National Western Art Show And Auction, Ellensburg, Washington.
Artist advisor for the National Western Art Show And Auction.
Featured in: Art West Magazine, Spring 1978; in Western Art Digest, summer, 1985, "Artists of Jackson Hole", Plateau magazine of the Museum of Northern Arizona, 1990; Sedona, Verde Valley Visitor's Guide, 1996.

John L Clarke Western Art Gallery, East Glacier, Montana; Kindred Spirits Gallery, Glacier International Airport, Kalispell, Montana; Natural Talent Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya.

Support for Conservation:
Special Achievements:
  • 1988 - Top 100 Arts for the Parks

  • 1987 -  Top 100, Arts for the Parks sponsored by Nat'l Parks Academy of the arts.

  •  (1996)
  •  (1990)
    Featured in - 
    Published by: Museum of Northern Arizona, Plateau magazine
  •  (1985)
    Featured in - 
    Published by: Western Art Digest
  •  (1978)
    Featured in - 
    Published by: Art West Magazine
  • Contemporary Western Artists 
    Author: Peggy & Harold Samules


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