|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: 25 to 32
Watercolor on art board, 9 x 12 inches (2005). Painted from photographs of a specimen of elbaite on quartz from the Gillette quarry, Haddam, Connecticut, on commission from the specimen owner, Dan McHugh. Copyright 2005 Wendell E. Wilson.
||Los Lamentos Wulfenite|
Watercolor and prismacolor pencil on art board, 9 x 12 inches (1998). Painted from a miniature wulfenite specimen from Los Lamentos, Mexico once in the artist's collection (current owner unknown), on commission for Martin Zinn. Xerographically reproduced as a signed and numbered print on cotton paper, edition of 250, for distribution with the 1998 Mineralogical Record Christmas card.
||Old Yuma Wulfenite (no.1)|
Watercolor and prismacolor pencil, 9 x 12 (2001). Painted from a miniature specimen of wulfenite from the Old Yuma mine, Arizona, on commission from the specimen owner, Dick Morris. Copyright 2001 Wendell E. Wilson.
Watercolor and prismacolor pencil on art paper, 8 x 10 inches (1989). Painted from a specimen of proustite from Freiberg, Saxony, Germany on commission from the specimen owner, Martin Zinn. A small number (less than 10)of duplicate handcolored copies were also produced but not numbered. Copyright 1989 Wendell E. Wilson.
||Red Cloud Wulfenite|
Watercolor and prismacolor pencil on art board, 9 x 12 inches (2000). Painted from a miniature specimen of wulfenite from the Red Cloud mine, Arizona, on commission for Dick Morris, painted from a Gene Schlepp specimen. Copyright 2000 Wendell E. Wilson.
Watercolor and prismacolor pencil on art board, 9 x 12 inches (2001). Painted from a miniature specimen of wulfenite on mimetite from the Rowley mine, Arizona, on commission from the specimen owner, Dick Morris. Copyright 2001 Wendell E. Wilson.
||Tanzanite on Diopside|
Watercolor and prismacolor pencil on art board, 9 x 12 inches (2001). An imaginary specimen, based on studies of several different pecimens, painted on commission for Martin Zinn. Xerographically reproduced on cotton paper as a signed and numbered print, edition of 200, distributed with the 2001 Mineralogical Record Christmas card. Copyright 2001 Wendell E. Wilson.
Watercolor and prismacolor pencil on art board, 9 x 12 (2000). Reconstruction of a damaged thumbnail specimen of wulfenite from the Mammoth-St. Anthony mine, Tiger, Arizona, in the Smithsonian collection. Copyright 2000 Wendell E. Wilson. Painting: Dick Morris collection, Phoenix.