Jerry Crandall Bio

Jerry Crandall’s Original Historical Civil War Paintings

Jerry was born in La Junta, Colorado, near Bent’s Fort on the Santa Fe Trail. As a teenager in La Junta, Jerry was a Boy Scout and member/dancer of the famous Koshare Indian Dancers which helped form the foundation for his love of the history of the American West. He has been a guest on numerous radio and television talk shows across the country including the NBC Sunday show in LA twice, the Mike Douglas Television show and numerous local TV and Radio stations. He has given hundreds of lectures to students on achievement, and to historians, authors, modelers and the general public about his career, artwork, research and more. As a reinactor, he participated in 13 Battles during the Centennial observance of the American Civil War, as a Confederate. Some of his earliest works were pastels of Jeb Stuart and several other Generals. In addition he has served as actor and consultant for various shows that have appeared on the A&E Network, Discovery and The History Channel. Feature articles about Jerry and his work have appeared in numerous publications including Southwest Art, Art Voices South, Man at Arms, Prints, Air Classics and more.

“Listed in Who’s Who in American Art, International Who’s Who of Contemporary Achievement, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in America among others, he is also listed in Contemporary Western Artists, and The Challenge Publications Aviation Art Series. His pieces can be found in numerous private as well as many public collections and museums such as the Favell Museum of Western Art, Oregon; Confederate Air Force, National Air and Space Museum, D.C.; USAF Museum, Dayton; Naval Museum, Pensacola; Monino Air Museum, Moscow and the HQ of the Italian Air Force. Over the years, Jerry has amassed a large collection of artifacts, period photos, clothing, holsters, saddles and more, all of which are used as research material for his paintings. He is an avid collector, an intense historian and a talented artist —an electrifying union producing thrilling, rich expressions of history.

One specialty in which he excels is capturing a true likeness of character in portraiture, whether it be a historical old west persona or a family portrait. Collectors eagerly seek out Jerry Crandall’s artwork with extremely successful commissions or with other originals sold as they are developed. A highly successful artist, Jerry’s work has been in print since 1977 with more than 60 of his paintings reproduced in limited edition collector prints in both the Western Art and Aviation Art venues, a number of which are now sold out commanding collector secondary market prices.