Rusty Frentner was born in the Ypsilanti Michigan area. When he was about 3 years of age, his parents moved to the country and built a house. Then as he got older and he learned how to use a graphite pencil, he would draw horses. Then later he tried to draw his heros. Rusty grew up with woods, fields and wetlands that slowly took over the fallow farm land. He spent a lot of his spare time exploring and playing in the natural wonders. He learned about the birds, animals and the insects that he saw. He learned what the trees and plants where, and developed a great fondness for nature. Rusty received art supplies for Christmas and birthdays. The next step was crayons, an opportunity to start learning about color. Next came Prang water color paints, where he started learning how to mix colors. As he got older, he got oil paints. He also had a lot painting and drawing books, the Walter T. Foster series. His favorite was how to draw horses. The books became dog eared and smudged from use. Rusty still continued to use the graphite pencils throughout school. Rusty went to college with a scholarship and studied commercial art. The favorite classes involved drawing and illustration. Rusty has traveled to a number of states to exhibit in big wild life art shows. He has been to states that include Michigan, Minnesota, South Carolina, Kansas, Florida, Washington DC and Washington State. Often times when he has traveled to these states, he takes the time to visit national parks on the way. Rusty has continued his learning and growing with his art by taking up plein air painting. He enjoys the company of the other artists that are part of the Michigan Plein Air Painters. They paint all year, snow or shine. Rusty has also made several trips out west doing plein air, as well as in the Smoky Mountains. Rusty has received numerous awards for his artwork, both in local shows and international shows. As he visits these places with paints and exploring, he believes what is most important is ?KEEPING IT WILD!!!?