Artist craig zuger

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Craig Zuger is a native of Oregon's Willamette Valley where he currently lives today with his wife Yolanda and their collection of animals.   Their home, and Craig's studio is located on more than a hundred acres of native White oak forest that's part of a conservation effort to restore and maintain the dwindling habitat, home to many threatened species of plants and animals.       The goal of this project is to keep this area safe from development in the future and be kept as a conservation project in perpetuity.    
As a child Craig spent a great deal of time outdoors with his family and it was during this time that a brewing interest in art began and the love of the land began to inspire an artistic path.        "As I grew a bit older, I spent most of my time in the high desert region of eastern Oregon that served to encourage a path to landscape painting."       Around 1980 a local business man commissioned Craig to paint a portrait of the late Moshe Dyan who served as Defense Minister of Israel.      The painting was presented to him at the end of a visit he made to a local university.      "I remember at that time my skills as a painter were limited and I felt lucky that the piece didn't spark strained relations with Israel."      About a year later an opportunity came about that Craig couldn't pass up.    He would be part of a crew that set out to re-trace the homeward bound route of Lewis & Clark and do it all by canoe and horseback.      Following the journals of the explorers, the trip would take six months to complete.      "This trip from the Oregon coast to St. Louis, Missouri had the most influence on me as an artist, and made clear that I really wanted to focus [...]

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