1930 - 2016
Mel Garbark’s entire life was art oriented. From coloring books as a small child through classes and private tutoring as an adolescent to a career in advertising art as an adult. Although he did much recreational painting, it wasn’t until recuperating from back surgery in 1981 that he started painting in earnest. After his first trip to Africa in 1983, the painting turned to wildlife and that interest never wavered.
Mel considered himself to be a naturalist and conservationist and never painted anything he hadn’t experienced personally. His works reflect a natural concern for the ecology, preservation and future of the wildlife and landscapes he portrayed. Mel attended the school of the Art Institute in Chicago Illinois and the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He also studied with Robert Bateman, Alan Hunt, John Seerey-Lester and others.
His Artwork from 1992, 1993 and 1994 may be found in the Permanent Collection of the International Wildlife Museum, Tuscon AZ. His commissions included African Wildlife Sculpture Designs, Lenox Collections 1990; Christmas Bird Print, Kemper Securities for 4 years; Everon Securities 1999; and First Union Securities.
Mel was a member of the National and International Wildlife Federation, World Wildlife Fund, African Wildlife Foundation, Wildlife Conservation International, National Parks Conservation Association and the Paducah Area Painters Alliance.
~ Rest in Peace Mel ~
More images of Mel's paintings can be seen using the link below