I was born Anton J. Znaniecki in January 1942. Soon after my birth our family name was changed to Zenan, the name I go by for legal purposes. I sign my paintings Znaniecki out of pride for my Polish ancestry I became a professional freelance artist in 1976 and have exhibited in major wildlife art shows all over the United States. I have won many awards including Colorado Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year in 1986, 1987, and 1988. I was born with a natural ability to move paint around on a canvas, but it was the meshing of this ability with my life long love of nature which convinced me to pursue art as a career.
Since 1995 I have been painting almost exclusively on crystalline rock such as agate, petrified wood, and other exotic stones. My specialty is the realistic representation of wildlife, particularly waterfowl, as it would appear in an ideal environment. Even my landscapes without animal life are devoid of man's intervention except where man is depicted as a member of, rather than a force in the natural setting. All of my work is original with no two pieces exactly alike. Every stone varies in size, color and shape. Sizes range from 9 inches to 4 feet. Individuality of the rock determines the wildlife scene and ultimately the price which ranges from $150.00 to several thousand dollars.
My ideas come from lifelong experiences and study of the natural environment. I have visited or lived in every continent except South America and presently reside In Arizona. You can view representative pieces of my work by clicking on the Photo Gallery.
Here I am painting at a show trying to keep up the inventory of wildlife paintings. As many of you know I sell out in the first two or three days of the major gem and mineral shows in Denver and Tucson. It is getting more difficult for me to travel and I have already started to reduce the number of yearly shows that I do. That is not to say that I am going to retire. We are currently looking at several options that will allow me to travel less and paint more.
In stead of setting up at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in 2020, we are considering doing a show at our home in Green Valley. We are currently working out the details for that show. I will still be doing custom orders and in addition to utilizing the internet for sales.
DENVER GEM AND MINERAL SHOW
SEPTEMBER 7-15, 2019
TUCSON GEM AND MINERAL SHOW
DATES AND LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED