Eric Bjorlin has earned a reputation for creating captivating and thought-provoking depictions of landscapes, sporting scenes, and wildlife. He attributes his early love of art and nature to his father, a professional artist and avid outdoorsman. Bjorlin pursued his interest in art at the College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
His skills are highly recognized. His images have appeared on fine art limited edition prints, posters, products, books, and magazines. Recently Bjorlin was profiled on TV and in magazines such as Wildlife Art.
Although John Banovich has been involved in art most of his life, it was not until 1993 that he entered his first major wildlife art exhibit and won the “Best of Show” award. Since then he has been a featured artist at shows worldwide.
Although he paints the wildlife of his native Montana with consummate skill, his first love is rendering African animals in oil and acrylic. He has perfected his photography during his research trips to Africa, and now shoots all his own sources.
He has been profiled in Wildlife Art, Sporting Classics, U.S. ART and InformArt magazines.
After high school, I enrolled in an art college. Instead of being impressed with many classes in techniques offered by the college, I felt like I was being pulled farther away from my own personal artistic quest (wildlife art). After one semester of floundering, I walked into the dean of students office and explained my feelings by showing him my portfolio. He looked at my work, paused for a moment and then said, “This school is not for you Greg. You need to keep going on your own, teach yourself as you have been with your reference photography and get out there and be close to the subjects you love to paint.” Wow! I have just been granted permission to pursue my talent on my own terms. I left St. Paul for the south shore of Lake Superior and spent the next four years in a remote log cabin. I figured one hundred fifty dollars per month rent was a pretty cheap tuition for my self guided education. Dedication and hard work has now paid off, my career in art has sustained my family and I for over twenty years.