Tony Angell

Tony Angell was born in 1940 in Los Angeles, and grew up among the hills and canyons of Southern California. His love of nature is rooted in the afternoons he spent watching birds, collecting plants, building forts and hiking to the far reaches of the Santa Monica Mountains and canyons. He credits his mother Florence, a farm girl from Michigan, with encouraging his artistic and naturalist activities. 

At age 17, Tony won a track and field scholarship to the University of Washington. There, he majored in English and continued on to get a Masters in Speech. While at the "U-dub" Tony sketched and observed the bird life of the Northwest and eventually put together a portfolio of drawings and sketches. He was signed with the very first gallery he walked into, one of Seattle's oldest and finest galleries, Foster-White. Fortuitously, Mr. White was looking for a nature artist to round out his roster of artists. 

 After beginning his career in the 1960's as a painter, he began to focus on sculpture, which he produces in his studios in Seattle and Lopez Island. He has also ventured into the fields of writing and illustrating and, between 1972 and 1992, published a number of books, principally about the birds of the Northwest. Books showcasing his work include Owls (1974), Ravens, Crows, Magpies and Jays (1978), and Marine Birds and Mammals of Puget Sound (1982) - all published by University of Washington Press.

Author, illustrator and sculptor, Angell has won numerous 
writing and artistic awards for his work on behalf of nature including 
the prestigious Master Artist Award of the Leigh Yawkey Art Museum in 2001. His sculptural forms celebrating nature are to be found in public and private collections throughout the country. Tony has worked actively as a board member of Washington's chapter of The Nature Conservancy, is an elected Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, and retired in 2002 as Director of Environmental Education for the state of Washington after 30 years. He continues to write, illustrate and make art, and lives in Seattle with his wife Lee. He has 4 daughters.

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Photo by Lee Rolfe

Photo by Lee Rolfe