By Linda Michael
The Foothills Art Association is pleased to feature the artwork of Duke Windsor at its gallery during the month of May. The artist’s extensive life experience and sensitivity to his surroundings gives his work a unique presence of place.
Windsor was born in Texarkana. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a combat illustrator and drill instructor. He subsequently studied classical voice at San Diego State University, later performing with the San Diego Opera Chorus. An avid practitioner of the martial arts, Windsor owned and operated a martial arts studio for seven years, eventually achieving the rank of fourth degree black belt.
Windsor’s urbanscapes have been exhibited and received awards at juried exhibitions, group shows and corporate venues in San Diego and Southern California, and they are held in many private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Windsor is an associate artist member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, International Acrylic Painters Association, San Diego Watercolor Society, and Foothills Art Association. He is former education chair of the San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild and has also served as a member of the Public Arts Selection Committee of the San Diego Regional Airport Authority Art Program. Windsor is a highly sought-after art educator who has taught art to both adults and children at numerous venues, and he has juried many local and regional art exhibitions. He currently teaches drawing and oil painting at Art on 30th in North Park and is a workshop instructor with the La Jolla Athenaeum.
Windsor has over 15 years of museum exhibit design experience. He is currently working on a new body of work and is also accepting new art commissions. Windsor’s studio is located on Mt. Helix near the city of La Mesa.
Duke Windsor’s artwork will be featured at the Foothills Gallery at Porter Hall, 4910 Memorial Drive in La Mesa from May 3 to June 5. An artist’s reception, free and open to the public, will be held on Saturday, May 11, 1-4p.m. The Foothills Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 619-464-7167.
— Linda Michael is editor of Footnotes, the newsletter of the Foothills Art Association.