Wild Life Artist
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Curtiss E. Poormon is one of Northern Virginia’s premiere wildlife artists. Now retired after serving his country for 32 years as an Air Force Meteorologist and Government Intelligence Officer, Curtiss and his wife moved to Lake Anna, Virginia (LKA) in 2015 where he maintains his studio and gallery. He is completely self-taught and has been painting wildlife his entire life.
“I really began to take my work seriously while my family and I were stationed in Monterey, California. I met a lady who owned an art gallery on Cannery Row. She could see I had the talent; all I had to do was commit myself to it. The rest, as they say, is history.”
Curtiss has sold countless artwork in galleries in Anchorage, Alaska; Great Falls, Montana; and Fort Collins, Colorado. Because of his connection to Ducks Unlimited, he spends a great many hours painting waterfowl for various federal and state duck stamp competitions.
Curtiss grew up in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York where he watched the fields on the farm he grew up on fill with Canada Geese each spring and fall. An avid fisherman and hunter, he spent many hours watching the varied waterfowl that migrated through the area during their spring and fall migrations. He soon learned that the only way to share these experiences was to paint what he observed.
Since moving to Lake Anna, Curtiss has been concentrating on the regions wildlife, such as blue herons, bald eagles, ospreys, ducks, loons and turtles. Toss in a red fox, or a bobcat, maybe some deer and local songbirds and you get a feel for how he views Virginia’s wild outdoors.
Although he doesn’t hunt anymore, he still enjoys spending his spare time in his bass boat fishing for the elusive bass that are rumored to exist in the lake, his camera never far from his grasp. Most of the time he spends more time observing the local wild population than fishing.
“I have plans currently in the works to produce a number of prints depicting some of LKA’s more popular inhabitants. The first three include the Bald Eagle, Great Blue Heron, and the Red Fox. When the Loons return this winter they will be certain to be among my next three prints along with the Osprey and Grey Fox.”
The highlight each year is the Federal Duck Stamp Contest. It takes up to 100 hours to complete the 7 x 10 inch painting. Curtiss has made the semi-final round four times, one of which was his entry of a Cinnamon Teal, which was seen on the TV program shown on animal planet entitled “The Million Dollar Duck.” The contest takes place the second weekend in September and one can watch the entire completion online @Federal Duck Stamp Contest.
Curtiss was also selected as the1994 Colorado Ducks Unlimited Colorado Sponsor Artist of the Year, and just recently the 2019 Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Artist of the Year.