I was born in San Francisco awhile ago, but not that long. I attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA from 1976-1980 graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in illustration.
For the next twenty two years I freelanced as an illustrator in the advertising field. I concentrated mainly on sports and wildlife subjects, working for the National Football League, various baseball teams, The Nature Company, and zoos, aquariums and museums. I illustrated a number of childrens books including my ABC book, “The Living Rainforest” (Charlesbridge Publishing) and the illustrations were awarded in Communication Arts Annual in 2002. Around this same time I became interested in the immediacy on plein air approach and started painting in the East Bay hills near my home. I soon had a collection of works and began to show in galleries and join plein air events.
My style changed overnight, although my approach remained intact, utilizing solid drawing skills and portraying strong graphic shapes.Painting outdoors has become a passion. I continue to participate in a number of plein air events annually throughout the country. Each has it’s own unique topography, light and challenges, which forces me tp keep my work fresh and loose. paulkratter.com