|Wendell E. Wilson
Wendell Eugene Wilson was born in Minnesota in 1946, and began collecting minerals in 1956. A life-long artist, he studied at the Minneapolis Institute of Art while still in high school and began selling his artworks as a young teenager. He won numerous awards in art, including first place in a statewide cartooning competition in 1959. In college he pursued a double-major in Fine Art and Geology at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1969. He earned his M.S. in Mineralogy (1972) from Arizona State University, while field-collecting extensively in Arizona's many abandoned mines and famous mineral localities. After obtaining his PhD in Mineralogy (1976) from the University of Minnesota, he was hired by the Mineralogical Record and is currently in his 35th year as full-time Editor-in-Chief (1976-2010), and his 26th as Publisher and corporation CEO.
In addition to collecting minerals, Wilson built substantial collections of mining artifacts of all kinds, and published three books on antique miners' lamps, containing hundreds of hand-drawn pen-and-ink illustrations of miners' oil-wick “frog” lamps, candleholders, and carbide cap lamps. Some of his collectibles appear as props in his paintings of underground scenes. His first mineral painting appeared on the cover of the November-December 1972 issue of Mineralogical Record. His series of fantasy mineral-collecting scenes now numbers 14, and he has produced numerous specimen portraits in oil on canvas, watercolor, India ink and mixed media, as well as a number of highly detailed mining still life paintings in oil on canvas, oil on copper, and India ink. Over the years Wilson has continued to produce artworks regularly as time permits. He also founded the Antiquarian Reprint Series as a method of preserving and distributing very rare, early illustrated mineral books, featuring mineral art from before the age of photography. Wilson has published over 1,000 mineral and mining artworks, and over 6,500 mineral photographs. The new mineral species wendwilsonite was named in his honor in 1987 and he was the recipient of the Carnegie Mineralogical Award for 2001. Wilson continues to publish the Mineralogical Record and to write about, paint, research, photograph and collect minerals in Tucson, Arizona (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mitchell, R. S. (1988) Who's who in mineral names: Wendell Eugene Wilson, Jr. and Ignacio Domeyko. Rocks & Minerals, 63, 400-402.
Robinson, S. (1987) Mineral art today. Rocks & Minerals, 62, 328-343.
Robinson, S. (1987) Of mines and men: a look at art that depicts mining. Rocks & Minerals, 64, 476-495.
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Number of artworks found: 97 | Artworks being viewed: 17 to 24
Watercolor, ink and prismacolor pencil on art board, 9 x 12 inches (2002). Drawn from a 1-inch gold specimen from Quartzsite, Arizona, in the collection of the University of Arizona. Painting: Mark Hay collection. Copyright 2002 Wendell E. Wilson.
Watercolor on sheepskin vellum, 8.5 x 11 inches (1993), painted from a 1-inch crystal from the Apache mine, Arizona; Smithsonian collection. Xerographically reproduced as a signed and numbered print on cotton paper, edition of 200, distributed with the 1993 Mineralogical Record Christmas card. Copyright 1993 Wendell E. Wilson. Original painting: Bryan Lees collection.
Watercolor on art board, 9 x 12 (2005). Painted from a 2.2-inch native copper crystal group from the Ray mine, Arizona, in the collection of Mark Hay. Copyright 2005 Wendell E. Wilson. Painting: Mark Hay collection.
||Benitoite on Neptunite|
Watercolor on art board, 9 x 12 (2003), painted from a 1.3-inch specimen of Benitoite on neptunite from the Dallas Gem mine, San Benito County, California, obtained by the artist from the Smithsonian Institution and now in the Ralph Clark collection. Copyright 2003 Wendell E. Wilson. Painting: Ralph Clark collection.
Watercolor on art board, 9 x 12 inches (1999). A composited specimen based on examples of brazilianite crystals to 2 inches from the Corrego Frio locality, Brazil. Commissioned by Martin Zinn for use with his 1999 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show advertising. Copyright 1999 Wendell E. Wilson. Painting: Martin Zinn collection.
Watercolor on sheepskin vellum, 8.5 x 11 inches (1983), based on a 1.6-cm crystal from the Yanwuping mine, Guishou Province, China; distributed as a xerographic, signed and numbered print (edition of 200)with the Mineralogical Record Christmas card in 1991. Recomposed (2004) on commission from Martin Zinn. Copyright 1983, 2004 Wendell E. Wilson. Original painting: Bryan Lees collection.
Watercolor on art board, 9 x 12 inches (2001). Painted from a miniature specimen of cuprian adamite from the Tsumeb mine, Namibia, on commission from specimen owner Marshall Sussman. Copyright 2001 Wendell E. Wilson.
||Groundhog Mine Gold|
Watercolor on sheepskin vellum, 8.5 x 11 inches (1994). Painted from two specimens of wire gold from the Groundhog mine in Colorado (the large one 11.7 cm, Harvard collection; the small one from the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History). Xerographically reproduced as a signed and numbered print, edition of 200, distributed with the 1994 Mineralogical Record Christmas card. Original painting: Mark Hay collection. Copyright 1994 Wendell E. Wilson.