Byron Birdsall was one of Alaska’s most reknowned artists. His paintings feature brilliant landscapes, as well as uniquely Alaskan images such as puffins, eagles, and fishing boats. Birdsall had remarkable range, moving easily between portraits and landscapes, watercolor and oils. His paintings were often inspired by his international travels.
Born in Arizona and raised in California, Byron Birdsall came to Alaska in 1975. A self-taught artist, Birdsall was a master of his preferred medium, watercolor. Best known for the variety and drama of his Alaskan landscapes, Birdsall’s unique ability to capture light is evident in all of his paintings.
Besides landscapes, Birdsall produced florals, still-lifes, puffins, and period pieces, nostalgic renderings of historic Alaskan scenes. A prolific and immensely popular artist, Birdsall each year released several limited edition prints. Byron Birdsall and his family lived in Anchorage, and traveled extensively around Alaska and around the world, generating inspiration for new artworks.
His output was prolific during his 50 years as a professional painter. Byron Birdsall’s paintings are in the collections of a number of museums and public institutions, hang in corporate board rooms and atriums, are owned by royalty, presidents, new fans, loyal friends, and his mother-in-law. The printing of a U.S. Postage stamp in 1992, designed by the artist and commemorating the building of the Alcan Highway, was a personal high point for Birdsall, an avid stamp collector.
Birdsall passed away in late 2016. We are honored to continue his legacy and represent him and his work in Ketchikan.