About Larry Eifert

Nancy and Larry in the Seward Alaska Science Center. Camera on the video camera, selfies twice.

Larry Eifert –
Straight ahead with the same old thing……..over and over again.
I like to think to myself as a third generation naturalist and fifth-generation social activist. Some of that might be a stretch, but it gives me guidance never-the-less. I sometimes imagine the billions of choices I could have had for parents, and always feel fortunate I happened along this specific road this time around.

Entirely because of Virginia and Herman, I was exposed to nature and a pencil before I could walk. After nearly four thousand paintings later (to the best of my counting ability), I still get a real charge from creating art about nature. The year 2016 could probably be considered my 50th anniversary of making a living as an artist. That’s right.Schulam-Larry-Alpine

I guess this was not an accident!

Home was Springfield Illinois, where my mother (author, photographer and illustrator of 20 books – mostly about nature) was editor of a museum nature magazine for 36 years. Her work is still in print after 50 years – and, like me, she thought nothing of traveling 5,000 miles on various river workboats for book research – or hiring a fishing boat to get to those remote refuge islands off the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec Canada. My dad was very influential too. As education curator for the Illinois State Museum with a double-masters in ecology and English, he shepherded thousands of kids (and me, too) through the museum. He also instilled in me a reverence for all life. As an Army GI in WW2, he never carried a gun, although he was shot at by snipers he could clearly see in the hills above the camp in New Caladonia. “Shoot a gun, you’re out of the family,”I remember hearing often as I was growing up. From those pretty rarified beginnings, I gained early mentoring from both parents and museum staff – and never really looked back. Mine is a continuing passion instilled from many sources, from the boyhood time spent at, say, Rachel Carson’s home in Maine, to the museum babysitters who said “Here – draw this giraffe and don’t bug us. We’ve got work to do.” To me, life was all about nature and discovering it – it’s my job. See Virginia’s website here.

After coming to the Pacific Northwest in 1972 in search of “rainy forests and wind-swept beaches,” I opened the Eifert Gallery in Ferndale California, and during the 1980’s and early 90’s I exhibited both my own work and that of many other artists. It was here that I learned about painting nature in national parks.  Now, I can say I have more work in America’s National Parks and refuges than any other artist.

Painting PolksToday, Nancy (an artist in her own right) and I live in Port Townsend, Washington near Olympic National Park.

Printable bios and other stuff

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Click here for Nancy’s website at nancycherryeifert.com

2 thoughts on “About Larry Eifert”

  1. I’m from Florida, but in May I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the Olympic National Park. I spent almost a week there hiking & exploring. I was also in the Rocky Mountain National Park during the same trip. I could have spent a couple of months in both places & not seen enough. I hope to be able to return soon. In the website above are some of my photos from the trip, in the “Journeys” gallery. I’m almost done processing the Colorado material. In my blog (http://blog.knoxposures.com) I describe the trip.

  2. Hello from your French root in Troyes (France).
    Though I’m not one of the relatives of the Cottet family, I’m deeply interested by their actions in the middle of the 19th century in Troyes with a bunch of social-activists. I’m collecting informations about them and an Icarian group, some of them went to Nauvoo, some of them stayed in Troyes. I was lucky to access to the letters sent by Ambroise Cottet to his son emigrated in the States. They gave a very interesting look upon the life in these days and owing to them I could find some of their friends’s relatives living in USA or in France. May be it could give birth to a book ?

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