Larry Chandler was born in Alabama on June 25, 1951. He became interested in art at a very early age. His dad was good at drawing and this helped Larry develop an interest in art before he started grade school. Larry and his dad and brother hunted together, so Larry was exposed to nature on a frequent basis from an early age. On these hunting trips he learned to pay attention to the habitat, habits, and details of his wildlife subjects. Most of Larry’s early paintings were watercolors and pastels. Larry was introduced to oils by a neighbor who also painted. This proved to be the medium he chose for his future artwork.
Although much of Larry’s early works were portraits of people, he later became interested in wildlife when he saw the paintings of a friend, highly regarded artist Michael Schreck, who had recently taken a trip to Africa and had begun to paint the wildlife he photographed there. Larry began entering competitions in 1988, and after placing first in several competitions, he gained the courage to sell his sign company and go into art full-time.
Larry has completed four works for the Franklin Mint. He has also created artwork for The Lennox Co., The Hamilton Collection, Ducks Unlimited, Quail Unlimited, Waterfowl USA, The SeaBrook Wallpaper Co., Spillsbury Puzzle Co., Ravensburger Puzzle Co., Manuel Wood Workers and Weavers, Godwin Weavers, Fine Art Creations, and Marathon Apparel to name a few. Larry paints a wide variety of subject matters, and is best known for his dog portraits that have landed him commissions in several fields of art.