Byron Birdsall, American watercolor painter, Died at 78


Byron Birdsall was born on December 18, 1937, in Buckeye, Arizona and died on December 4, 2016.

He was an American painter.

Birdsall was “one of Alaska’s most renowned watercolorists” according to the Alaska Dispatch News.

Byron grew up in Los Angeles, California, where his father was a Christian minister.

He graduated from the Seattle Pacific University and Stanford University.

He started his career as a history teacher in California.

He was a teacher for six years, after, he worked in advertising in Alaska.

He was a prolific painter in Alaska for five decades.

Birdsall painted landscapes and portraits, both in watercolour and oil paintings.

Birdsall did many paintings of Anchorage.

He was the author of several art books.

He was married twice.

His first wife was Lynn, who was a watercolourist, he had a son, Joshua, and a daughter, Courtenay.

Birdsall first wife died of cancer in 1998, Birdsall married Bilie, with whom he resided in Anchorage, Alaska and on Whidbey Island in Washington.

He died of heart failure.

Byron Birdsall passed away at 78 years old.