portrait of artistD.J. Cleland-Hura

Pacific Northwest, USA

As an avid naturalist and environmentalist, D.J. Cleland-Hura found long ago that wildlife had captured his heart. For a time, it became the focus of his professional work and drew him into the rich and fascinating art of painting. Nature, in its infinite variety, remains his primary subject matter, although he also studies and paints the figure. Cleland-Hura grew up on Grosse Ile, a small Michigan island in the mouth of the Detroit River. In 1993, Cleland-Hura received his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Michigan School of Art. Shortly after graduation, he and his future wife, Rikki, moved across the country to settle in the Seattle area.

To begin his professional career, Cleland-Hura’s focus was working with environmental groups in support of conservation. In 1996 he won the South Carolina Duck Stamp contest, the youngest winner in its history. Since then he has captured several more. “I am extremely proud that my artwork has helped raise funds as well as awareness for conservation”. Cleland-Hura’s paintings have also served as inspiration for Pixar Animation Studio’s movie Finding Nemo and are featured in the book The Art of Finding Nemo.

Working out of his home studio in Oakland, CA, Cleland-Hura paints originals for galleries, shows, and commissions. He participates annually in a number of national and international exhibitions as well as invitational shows in many prestigious galleries. He currently works with galleries around the country to represent both his originals and reproductions.

2003 Collectors’ Covey Miniature Show; TX
2003 Peppertree Ranch Art Show; Santa Ynez, CA
2003 Masterworks in Miniature Show; Gallery One, Mentor, OH
2002 Friends of the Rainforest Exhibition and Sale; Air Gallery, London, England
2002 Peppertree Ranch Art Show; Santa Ynez, CA
2002 Masterworks in Miniature Show; Gallery One, Mentor, OH