A. J. Rudisill was born in Philadelphia in 1934 and moved with his family to southern New Jersey as a young boy.
A self-taught artist greatly influenced by the surrounding coastal marshes and by the work of John J. Audubon, Rudisill became adept at portraying the abundant wildlife indigenous to the New Jersey area. His early work in pencil and in pen and ink followed into watercolor and gouache, wood carving and later into acrylic, winning awards in all mediums.
Rudisill’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States including Newman Galleries in Philadelphia; Edgartown Art Gallery in Edgartown, Massachusetts; Meinhard Galleries in Houston, Texas; Schuylkill Valley Nature Center in Pennsylvania; Mid Atlantic Waterfowl Festival in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC; and the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ.
His wildlife woodcarvings won numerous awards in major exhibitions from 1977 through 1986 including “Best in World” Ward Foundation in 1978 and 1983 in Salisbury, MD.
Rudisill’s art has won additional awards at the Printing Industries of America in Washington, DC; Best in Show, 1975 at New Jersey Ducks Unlimited; “Artist of the Year”, 1984 for the Franklin Mint Bird Stamp program and National Wildlife Federation. Many of his paintings have been reproduced and distributed nationally.
His work can be found in many private and public collections including the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ and The Ward Foundation Museum in Salisbury, MD.