Lake Anna Life & Times Late Spring 20 17 11 continued on page 20 spends a great many hours paint- ing waterfowl.  His biggest sellers, however, are eagles and loons. He prefers to work in acrylic paint as his work highlights extreme details. Why wildlife art?  “Why not.  It’s educational, color- ful, promotes conservation and to most people animals are cool!  I grew up on a farm in upstate NewYork’s Finger Lakes Region.  I was surrounded by animals, both wild and domestic.  I had a pet raccoon named Zeke.  My father was a logger during off times on the farm  and he taught me how to hunt. I watched thousands of Canada geese fill our fields during the migrations north and south and hunted squirrels in the fall.  Most of all I would venture down to the canal behind the house and watch the waterfowl: buffleheads, red- heads, teal, blue bills, mergansers and mallards, not to mention an oc- casion loon.The only way to share my experiences was to paint what I observed. That is still true today. ” In addition to his normal artwork Poorman is one of the top First Day Cover artists in the country.  FDCs, as they are called, are paintings done on envelopes, which com- memorate the first day a stamp is issued. The theme, in his case, is wildlife and is inspired by the topic “The only way to share my experiences was to paint what I observed. That is still true today.” of the stamp.  Collectors from all over the world collect FDCs from various artists whose work they enjoy.  Poorman’s FDCs can be purchased by subscription only.  He produces a new, 20 cover series about once every six weeks. Lake Anna’s own wildlife artist is also a published writer. He told L&T he normally spends his mornings at the keyboard working on his next novel.  After lunch he turns to his drawing table where he works until his wife calls him up for supper.  Does he see any parallel between the writing and painting? “I grew up with a gun in one hand and a fishing pole in the other, Curt Poorman holds one of his original paintings of two teal ducks he submitted for the Federal Duck Stamp contest. which made attending school some- what difficult.  I’ll admit I also told some wild tales when I was young, which years later developed into my writing career.  I often tell people that writing a novel is like painting a masterpiece; one you compose a picture with words, the other you compose a story with paint and pencil.  All my paintings tell a story, especially those that have been commissioned. ”  So how does the commissioned painting process unfold? We asked Poorman. “Most of the time my customers - Curtiss E. Poorman