Nationally known wildlife artist Rod Lawrence uses acrylics to capture the highly realistic features of his wildlife subjects. The fine detail of his paintings has earned him nine wins in the annual Michigan duck and trout stamp design competitions.
Following his father’s example, Lawrence has created “On The Fly,” a limited edition bronze sculpture modeled after his 1981 award-winning Michigan trout stamp design. He is one of only two artists to win six Michigan Duck Stamps and four Michigan Troup Stamps. He is a member of the Society of Animal Arists.
Lawrence graduated with a fine arts degree from the University of Michigan and has been working full time as an artist ever since.
Lawrence has exhibited in the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s “Birds in Art” and “Wildlife: The Artist’s View.” His art has appeared as covers, illustrations and features in many outdoor magazines. He teaches many artist workshops and his instructional book, “Painting Wildlife Textures,” was published in 1997 and rereleased in 2011. A second book, “Painting Basics — Waterfowl and Wading Birds,” was published in 2000. He also co-authored “Wildlife” for Walter Foster Publishing.
He lives in a log cabin on the Manistee River with his wife and high school sweetheart Susan. The symbol before his signature on all his paintings represents Susan and his grown sons Matthew and Brett.
The main focus of his art recently has been commissions for collections and special venues. Besides the excursions to research and photograph his subjects, he enjoys hunting, tennis, basketball and sailing. He has canoed across Quebec and sailed through the Soo Locks to Isle Royale.