Jerry Vande Berg is a former Principal Research Investigator at the Veterans Medical Center and Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Diego. Five years before retirement, he studied Chinese brush painting with Lucy Wang, learning the refined techniques of watercolor in landscape paintings.
Later, Jerry applied these skills in an oil medium, adding wildlife to many of his landscape paintings. Many of his paintings employ photographs and sketches taken on camping trips in California and the Northwest. Additionally much of his work is taken from experiences as a young hunter on the plains of the Dakotas.
Jerry recognizes that the wildlife habitat is diminishing and increasingly precious. Because of this fact, he believes that it is important for artists to accurately portray wildlife in their natural environment for future generations. Jerry is currently a supporter of many national and local habitat preserving organizations. Two of his favorites are Ducks Unlimited and the San Dieguito River Conservancy. Recently, Jerry was selected as one of 15 artists in Western California to participate in the Los Olivos Quick Draw Competition, an organization to promote art in the Santa Ynez Valley, California. In February, 2017, Jerry was the featured artists for the Pacific Southwest Wildlife Art Show in San Diego.
As an artist, he has studied with internationally famous artists such as Gary Johnson, Lee Kromschroeder and John Seery-Lester. Jerry has received numerous awards and juried Best in Show and First Place in oil and watercolor categories in numerous shows.
His paintings have been purchased by private collectors of wildlife art and many national corporations throughout the United States. The everyday activities and manner in which wildlife fits into their environment is Jerry’s first goal, educating the viewer with a keener appreciation of their existence in a gradually disappearing habitat.
web page: jvandebergwildlifeart.com