Stephen Gjertson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1949; the eldest son of Arthur and Betty Gjertson. Gjertson’s family loved to read, so it’s not surprising that his first exposure to the visual arts came from books. “We owned a set of encyclopedias that reproduced many works of art. We also had novels illustrated by artists such as N. C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, Howard Pyle, and Dean Cornwell. I remember reading those books and copying the illustrations. Later, my interest in the Old West led me to history books and stories with paintings by Frederic Remington, Charles Schreyvogel, and Nicholas Eggenhofer - whose pictures I also copied. For birthdays, I received books on the great masters. The work of Michelangelo, Titian, and Rembrandt made a lasting impression on me. That, I said to myself, is what I want to do.”
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