About

Bruce A. Bartrug

Photo by Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld

Photo by Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld

I’ve been able to draw since my earliest years;  my first ‘art exhibit’ was a wall-length mural in second grade in the exquisite medium of crayon on brown paper.  I still have oil paintings I did when age twelve and I bought my first camera when thirteen.  Photography and other art media have always figured prominently in my life even though I detoured into the sciences for a few decades.

I would love to say I’m a self-taught artist and photographer but that wouldn’t be quite true.  Visual artists almost always learn from one another, and I’m no different from most. I did study illustration at the Portland School of Art (now the Maine College of Art) and Photography at the Maine Photo Resource, but my best training has always been in consult with artists whose work so appealed to me that I sought their personal tutoring.  These have included Maude Olsen, Kathleen Galligan, Linda Funk, Katie Lee, Stephanie Marzella, and hundreds of artists and photographers whose work I’ve admired.

I won’t bore you with a list of exhibits and awards, other than to state my work can be found in Africa, South America and the USA.  Illustrations have appeared in periodicals and papers dealing with Neotropical ornithology, and in three books which are detailed herein.

I live with my wife in a 140 year-old farmhouse in rural Maine; our son and his wife and two children live nearby.  I’m an inveterate traveler, and have friends in South Africa, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Bhutan, SE Asia, The Netherlands, and Iceland.  My travels initially comprised searches for exotic birds and other wildlife, but I quickly became interested in the cultures and people I encountered.  A forte I’ve acquired is the photo essay, especially if same involves a travel experience.

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