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Stephen Lyman
 
Stephen Lyman was an explorer who specialized in painting the most elusive moments in nature. His work was inspired by the writing and teaching of famous naturalist John Muir.  Lyman's love of the outdoors stemmed from a childhood spent in the Pacific Northwest, where hiking in Snake River country was a regular family ritual.

Lyman's desire to share his admirations for the outdoors was strong, but he enrolled in the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California, to learn more about the commercial art field.  He started his career as a commercial illustrator in Los Angeles and soon realized that the "call of the wild" was stronger than the lure of the city.

He returned to Idaho, his childhood home, and spent two years exploring and developing his own style of painting.  Since then, he continued discovering the wonders of the natural world, and of living a natural lifestyle.

Lyman shared his wonder with a growing legion of collectors since 1983, when his first limited edition was published by The Greenwich Workshop.  He participated in the prestigious international "Birds in Art" show at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, was invited to be "Artist of the Year" at the 1991 Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show, and then received the rare honor of being invited back as an "Encore Artist" at the 1995 event.

Stephan Lyman died tragically on April 16, 1996, from a hiking accident in the place he loved most outside of his own home: Yosemite National Park.  His love of the world and his ability to communicate it to us through his paintings and photographs will inspire us for the rest of our lives.

He had been recently named one of the top artists in the country by U.S. Art magazine and his book, Stephen Lyman: An Artist's Journey, was published to unanimous acclaim in the autumn of 1995.

 
 

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