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Wendell E. Wilson
(1946-    )

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: minrec@earthlink.net).

References:
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: 41 to 48

The Mineralogical Record: Wendell E. Wilson - Ojuela Adamite Ojuela Adamite
Watercolor and prismacolor pencil, 9 x 12 (2004). Painted from a small cabinet specimen of adamite from the Ojuela mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico, on commission from the specimen owner, Joe Kielbaso. Copyright 2004 Wendell E. Wilson.
The Mineralogical Record: Wendell E. Wilson - Old Yuma Wulfenite (no.2) Old Yuma Wulfenite (no.2)
Watercolor and prismacolor pencil, 9 x 12 (2009). Painted from a miniature specimen of wulfenite from the Old Yuma mine, Arizona, on commission from the specimen owner, Mark Hay. Copyright 2009 Wendell E. Wilson.
The Mineralogical Record: Wendell E. Wilson - Morenci Azurite Morenci Azurite
Watercolor and prismacolor pencil on art board, 9 x 12 (2009). Painted from a miniature specimen of azurite and malachite from the Morenci mine, Arizona, on commission from the specimen owner. Copyright 2009 Wendell E. Wilson. Painting and specimen: Mark Hay collection, Phoenix.
The Mineralogical Record: Wendell E. Wilson - Elmwood Calcite Elmwood Calcite
Watercolor and prismacolor pencil, 9 x 12 (2004). Painted from a miniature specimen of calcite from the Elmwood mine, Tennessee, on commission from the specimen owner, Joe Kielbaso. Copyright 2004 Wendell E. Wilson.
The Mineralogical Record: Wendell E. Wilson - Jonas Mine Pocket Jonas Mine Pocket
A depiction of the famous Jonas mine pocket at Itatiaia, Minas Gerais, Brazil. This is not a fantasy scene, but instead a documentary reconstruction of a real tourmaline pocket with crystals over 3 feet long, based on specimen photos and interviews with miners. It was painted on commission for Keith Proctor in 1985, to illustrate his article on the gem pegmatites of Minas Gerais (Gems and Gemology, 21, p.100). Copyright 1985 Wendell E. Wilson.
The Mineralogical Record: Wendell E. Wilson - Montezuma's Emerald Mine Montezuma's Emerald Mine
Watercolor and prismacolor pencil on art board, 11 x 14 inches (2001). From the artist's "Fantasy Underground Collecting Scenes" series. Painting: Martin Zinn collection. Copyright 2001 Wendell E. Wilson.
The Mineralogical Record: Wendell E. Wilson - Goschener Alp Goschener Alp
Watercolor and prismacolor pencil on art paper, 9 x 12 inches (1983). From the artist's "Fantasy Underground Collecting Scenes" series. A small number (less than 10) of hand-colored prints were produced. Xerographically reproduced as signed and numbered prints on cotton paper, edition of 250, distributed with the 1983 Mineralogical Record Christmas card. Copyright 1983 Wendell E. Wilson.
The Mineralogical Record: Wendell E. Wilson - At the Little Three Mine At the Little Three Mine
Watercolor and prismacolor pencil on art paper, 9 x 12 inches (1997). From the artist's "Fantasy Underground Collecting Scenes" series. A small number (less than 10) of hand-colored prints were produced. Xerographically reproduced as signed and numbered prints on cotton paper, edition of 200, distributed with the 1997 Mineralogical Record Christmas card. Copyright 1997 Wendell E. Wilson.
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