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Walter Rane

(National City, California, 1949 - )

Walter Rane knew from a young age that he wanted to be an artist. He aspired to paint in the manner of the great historic artists - Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and others like these. In pursuit of this ambition, he studied at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, an institution whose art curriculum included anatomy and classical drawing. There he was trained in illustration, which, although not his preferred artistic arena, provided him with skills to earn a living over the next years of his life. After college, Rane worked as a free-lance book and magazine illustrator in New York for over two decades, working with clients such as Random House, Reader's Digest, and National Geographic. He eventually abandoned New York living and went with his wife, Linda, and their family to Salem, Oregon. When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held an art contest, he entered a painting of his wife and child, soon after which the LDS Church commissioned Rane to paint a mural for the Winter Quarters, Nebraska visitor's center. His interests sparked, Rane found the work so appealing that he knew then that he had found he wanted to do with his talent. Soon Rane began producing his own scripture-based works and was commissioned by the LDS church to produce several other paintings. His works continue to focus on the human figure and religious contexts, but also include still lifes, landscapes and cityscapes.

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