The Arkansas Razorback is the official mascot for the University of Arkansas and is one of the most recognized symbol in sports. A razorback, which is essentially a wild hog, is a fierce looking animal that can weigh up to 400 pounds, and has nasty looking tusks at their snout.
To celebrate this glorious looking beast that only a mother and perhaps a true University of Arkansas sports fan can appreciate, artist Clint Murchison has produced a hand drawn, black and white lithogram of a wild "razorback" that any true UA fan might consider for their living room or den.
Limited to 500 pieces, the custom lithographs are 14 X 11, and are represented by Schmidt Fine Art Gallery of Woodlands, Texas, which was founded this year. Schmidt Fine Art Gallery is the brainstorm of Ken Schmidt, a former IT professional who dreamed of being in the arts and formed his own gallery.
Kurt dreams of actually having a physical gallery in Woodlands in the future but he is content at the moment to have an online presence. Clint Murchison is one of three artists so far that Schmidt Fine Art gallery represents besides Kurt Schmidt's own photographic work.
Clint Murchinso was born and raised in Arkansas, and has had his hand at pretty much every form of artwork from oil painting, pen and ink, drawings, etchings, woodwork, metalworking and photography. You name it, Clint is pretty much comfortable with it.
In fact, according to his bio, Clint began drawing and painting when he was only five years old, and his mother recounts that one of his first "masterpieces" was on the side of her piano.
After graduating from high school around 1990, Clint attended college at Arkansas State University at the Bebe Campus.
Clint then joined the Arkansas National Guard, where he served for 6 years, meanwhile completing his education in Graphic design and technology from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas.
Both in high school and in college, Clint garnered a number of awards for his artwork.
Clint lives in rural Arkansas, and is a hunter and outdoors men through and through. After college he continued to expand his interest in the arts, and one of his artwork callings, woodworking, led to him making a decent living for several years making custom duck calls.
He would carve the duck call out of wood, and decorate them with paintings.
Two more passions emerged. He bought a welder and began to work in metal, and he experimented with etching, a form of printmaking.
Clint caught the photography bug early on, learning photography basics from both his father and his uncle.
Well before he finished college however, Clint began to take photography seriously, although most of his photography is self-taught.
Fifteen of Clint's photographs are featured in the Schmidt Fine Art Collection, all of them nature photographs, which is what you might expect of a died in the wool country guy.
Having a look at his photos, in particular his Cardinals in Winter Scenes, taken with his trusty Canon digital camera.
To capture his images, he often parks out in his favorite deer stand for several hours just to get "lucky" to capture one haunting image.
Although like most photographers, he does wedding photos and people portraits, he loves just being out in nature and to see what kind of photographic opportunities develop.
He finds nature photography incredibly relaxing, and he appreciates the flexibility of working with digital photography which allows him to edit on the spot.
Murchison finds that most of his best photo just appear by chance, whether perched on his deer stand, merely walking through nature, or taking photos near his favorite bird feeder.
He describes his photographic style as "mostly all-natural" and believes that many people purchase his images because they sense that naturalness in his photographs, and love to bring a sense of that into their homes.
Today, photographic images of nature continues to be his main driving passion.
About the Razorback Pen and Ink Lithograph
Being a native of Arkansas as well as a sportsmen, it's only natural that Clint has a
an affinity with the University of Arkansas Razorbacks.
Unless you've ever lived in Arkansas, it's hard to imagine how rabid a fans that Arkansas alumni can be for their home team, particularly in football.
The University of Arkansas stadium in Fayetteville holds 76,000 fans, and you can be sure that for every home game the stadium in jam packed.
The Official Mascot of the University is the Razorback, and at every game there is "Big Red," a costumed Razorback Mascot. In addition, at every home game the teams live mascot, currently the fourth of a generation, is known as Tusk IV, and is a Russian boar which resembles the wild razorbacks that used to haunt most of Arkansas.
The tradition of having a live boar at the game has been ongoing at the University since 1960.
Clint Murchison's pen and ink drawing of a Razorback is not the first appearance of the University Mascot in his art. When he was making a living producing custom duck calls, he often decorated many of them with a razorback.
Although buried in myth, the original mascot for the University of Arkansas was the Cardinal, but back around 1909, the Universities football coach Hugo Bezdek told a crowd after a rousing win that his boys " played like a wild band of razorback hogs" and the tradition stuck.
Clint Murchison's pen and ink drawing was exceeding difficult as pen and ink is known to be one of the most difficult forms to master. As illustrator Courtney Skinner had to say, "working in Pen and ink is like walking a tightrope. Once a line is on the page, you are committed."
It took many hours for Clint to produce his razorback, and there are hundreds of small tine lines to produce the effect.
This stunning lito is only $67 plus shipping and can be ordered at Schmidt Fine Art Gallery.