About The Artist...

Gerald W. Putt - Wildlife & Nature Artist . . .

Putt is a self-taught wildlife artist and is a product of his environment.  He grew up in a family of outdoorsmen.  He too became an outdoorsman as well as a conservationist.  Starting at a early age, Putt loved and respected the outdoors and what it provided for him and his family.  While in kindergarten, Gerry's artistic talent was recognized by his teachers and fellow students.  Putt was the youngest of six children and was raised by a single Mom who loved all her children.  Gerry's older brothers and sister all had some sort of talent with their hands.  He remembers his older brothers competing in sports, tying trout flies, hunting, fishing, cooking and his sister crocheting, sewing or playing the bass drum in the high school band.  While in high school Gerry was on the wrestling and track & field teams.  He excelled at "Spear Chucking" (javelin) until he pulled his back.

  Putt's been a full-time wildlife-artist for over 40 years.  As an avid outdoorsman, Gerry also enjoys tying trout & salmon flies, cooking (wife Kathy doesn't mind), using the smoker, shooting sporting clays, playing golf, running a sewing machine, doing home repairs and creating items from wood.  He grew up with the attitude, "I'll just learn to make or do it myself".  Putt believes, "Everyone has some sort of talent, it's just whether there's a market for that talent."  Gerry feels very lucky that there is a market for his talent.

Even at a very young age and not permitted to cross the street in front of his house, Gerry would still go over to the neighborhood lake and play in the cold spring water.  While there, he would be accompanied by the local ducks and geese.  They were some of his first subjects when his pencil hit the paper.  Today elk, turkey, deer, hunting dogs, ducks and birds of prey are some of the subjects that have harvested the most awards and praise for Putt's talent.

Many people now know Gerry because of his work with PA GAME NEWS.  One of his earliest artistic goals ( just a dream at the time) was to be on the cover of PA GAME NEWS.  The late Ned Smith was one of his mentors.  So in 1981, PA GAME NEWS featured one of Putt's paintings on the cover.  "I was so proud to have my first Game News cover!".   Along with his cover work, Gerry does spot illustrations which appear inside the magazine.  These "spots" have become popular as gifts and collectors alike.  Today Putt is second only to Ned when it comes to the total number of art covers on "GAME NEWS".  Putt is quickly approaching the completion of his fiftieth cover.  It was 1983 when Ned Smith did the "First-of-State" PA Duck Stamp.  In 1986 the PA Duck Stamp opened for national competition.  That first year of "open competition", Putt finished in the TOP-5 out of approximately 100 entries and he continued entering year after year.  It wasn't until the 1991 competition that Gerry finally WON the PA Duck Stamp with a pair of wigeons.  After the competition he was on cloud-nine but during the competition Kathy his wife noticed that Gerry was so nervous that his hands were as cold as ice.

Putt's most recent duck stamp win is the 2020 Pennsylvania Duck Stamp ~ making  him the first and only thirteen-time winner of his "home state" competition..  He also won the 2019 Maryland Duck Stamp Competition where his wood duck painting "The Resting Place" took Top Honors besting all the other entries from across the U.S..  Gerry's painting "Cold Feet" - Mallards won the 2018 Pennsylvania Duck Stamp Contest.   His other PA wins came in 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996 and 1991.  In Pennsylvania an artist can not enter the year following a win.  So the winning-artist must sit-out and be one of the judges for the following year's competition.  Many times he has won other state duck stamp competitions as well.  In the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp competition he's been in the "Top-10" many times. His highest finish came in 2014 when he was in the "Top-5". 

As a "guest-artist", Gerry attends & donates artwork to many "Fund raising Banquets" every year.  The many-thousands of dollars raised from the sale of his donated artwork has helped conservation organizations such as Trout Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation  (life-member), Ducks Unlimited (life-sponsor), The Nature Conservancy, Ruffed Grouse Society, Keystone Elk Country Alliance (life-member), National Wild Turkey Federation, Quality Deer Management Association, Whitetails Unlimited and many others.

Putt's original paintings, limited-edition prints and giclees are in collections world-wide including  the collections of former U.S. President George W. Bush and former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge.

Gerry and his wife Kathy travel to many art shows every year - "We like getting out and meeting the people who buy my art".  While at art shows, Putt enjoys doing demonstrations by actually doing a painting.  "I don't mind if folks look over my shoulder while I'm painting.  I know what I'm doing, they don't."  The public learns to appreciate an artist's talent and they know painting isn't something just anyone can do.  Sometimes, somebody will ask Gerry, "Of all your paintings that you have done, which is your favorite?".  Putt answers, "I haven't painted it, yet." 

While doing paintings at shows, the public's favorite comment that Gerry hears over his shoulder is, "You missed a spot." or the kids ask, "HOW do you do that?".  Gerry's response to the kids is, "I don't know.....Did you ever ask the fastest kid in your class how he or she can run so fast?"   They figure out quickly that God has blessed Putt with a "gift".  Because of this "gift", Gerry will occasionally take on the job of doing private and corporate commission pieces of art for homes and offices.  These pieces of art become very special to those folks who then own and cherish them forever.

Gerry wishes to say, "Thank you to all my past, present and future customers for your support of my talent over the last forty-plus years.  Without you I could not have made it this far nor would I be able to continue into the future.  Again thank you".

Putt hopes you enjoy his artwork and if you find something that you can't live without... please le t him know and he'll arrange a sale.  Thank you for checking out the new site and to all of you, "Happy Trails!".


 
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