Dustin Curtis grew up hunting and spending time in the outdoors in northern Alabama. Having spent the majority of his time in the woods and outdoors as a youngster instilled a passion for nature and wildlife that continues today. Dustin started drawing and sketching at a very early age, following other artists in his family. He won his first drawing competition with a local magazine at the age of 14 with a drawing of a red-tailed hawk.
Growing up hunting and exploring outdoors influenced Dustin’s path toward wildlife and nature art. This love of the outdoors even influenced his decision to become a United States Marine, where he spent even more time in the great outdoors and traveled around the world during a four year tour as an active duty Marine.
Dustin paints in Oils and occasionally Acrylics, but drawing is the foundation of his art. Dustin’s fundamentals in drawing are important to him and he constantly draws and sketches like many of the artists he respects and admires. One master artist who has influenced him is not a wildlife artist, but his style and teachings have been important to Dustin’s growth as an artist. “Richard Schmid is one artist I admire and in one of Richard’s books he talks about drawing and the importance of continuing to draw and sketch as you grow as an artist. When I read that for the first time it was encouraging to me because I have been drawing since I was a child. I still draw a lot and I hope I always will. I’ve talked to Luke Frazier and he stresses the importance of continuous drawing, advice passed down to him from the great Bob Kuhn.”
Dustin completed the Art Instruction School of Minneapolis’ study course as a teenager. He learned valuable techniques and skills during these studies and one graduate of the Art Instruction School stood out to him and left a lasting impression; wildlife artist Les Kouba..