Richard Mortemore has been painting wildlife since he was 8 years old! His abiding interest in the environment has prompted him to write and illustrate articles on wildlife for national publications, publish a series of nature guides on Hawaiian wildlife, to become the director of Keakealani Outdoor Education Center and to become the director of the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo. He has received a State of Hawaii Conservation Award for his work in Environmental Education for the children of Hawaii. In his paintings the care he takes to place birds and animals in their natural habitat has brought his work to the attention of publications such as Wildlife Art News. His paintings are in private collections in 28 states and England.