Pat Gilmore was born and raised in Illinois. He spent much of his childhood and teen years sketching primarily wildlife. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Sociology, he took on a career in construction for 15 years. At this point, he decided to do something that was closer to his heart and landed a job at the Wild Animal Park. From this point on he has been re-inspired to sketch and paint animals. He is a self-taught artist who is inspired by Rembrandt, Dali, Robert Bateman and John Seery-Lester to name a few. " I really want to help people understand and appreciate the beauty that surrounds them through my art." If he can somehow get this message across he feels that much happier. Pat is also an avid admirer of Native American cultures and will sometimes use this imagery in his work. Pat currently does about five or six shows a year in and around the San Diego area.