Alvin Staffan (1924 - 2021) - Fish and Lure - Watercolor P3036
The Ohio Division of Wildlife mourned the passing of their long-time employee and in-house artist Alvin Staffan when he died in 2021 at the age of 97. Among the works he illustrated for them were Ohio's Reptiles and Ohio's Amphibians. And, as you can see by this exquisite watercolor, he was a lovely artist of great delicacy. And a true lover of nature.
Art measures 14" x 18" and the frame is 18" x 23".
From the Columbus Dispatch:
"Alvin Eugene Staffan, age 97, formerly of Galloway, Ohio, passed away at his residence (Story Point in Grove City) on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Mary (Pfanz) Staffan and by his parents Leora and Earl Staffan and sister Geraldine (Don) Vest. He is survived by his sons, Mark (Elaine) Staffan of Upper Arlington and Earl (Michelle) Staffan of Carroll; and granddaughters, Perian and Ally Staffan (Ethan LaRue). Al graduated from Southeastern High School, Richmond Dale, Ohio, in 1943 going directly into the U.S. Navy during WWII. He served in the South Pacific on LST 689. Returning home, Al entered art school and graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and attended the Chicago Art Institute. Al was a retired nature artist/photographer from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, an art editor of the former ODNR Ohio Conservation Bulletin and professional nature photographer. Al started his career as an artist and moved into photography as technology advanced. His nature artwork and photos have been published not only in ODNR publications for the State of Ohio but also in numerous national publications and field guides. Al was a member of the Wheaton Club, Ohio Smallmouth Alliance, and Nature Conservancy and was inducted into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in 2020. Al was an avid fly fisherman, naturalist, and gardener. His friends and family will miss his love, wisdom, and companionship."