Paul Kratter biography ,i was born in San Francisco and raised on the peninsula, just south of the city. After graduating high school I attended college of San Mateo, where i received a degree in graphic arts. I spent four years at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in illustration in 1980. For the next twenty two years I freelanced as an illustrator in the advertising field. I concentrated mainly on sports and wildlife subjects, working for the national football league, various baseball teams, the nature company, and for zoos, aquariums and museums. I illustrated a number of children’s books including my ABC book, “the living rainforests” (Charlesbrioge Publishing) and the illustrations were awarded in communications arts annual in 2002. Around this same time I became interested in the immediacy of the plein air approach and started painting in the east bay hills near my home. I soon had a collection of works and began to show in galleries and join plein air events.My style changed almost overnight, although my approach remained intact, utilizing solid drawing skills and portraying strong graphic shapes. Painting outdoors has become a passion. Continue to participate in a number of plein air events annaually in california ano beyond. Each has it’s own unique topography, light and challenges, which forces me to keep my work fresh and loose.