The road to being a professional artist has never been straight or narrow. But Al Ramirez has been walking that road for as long as he can remember. To support his adventurous and one-of-a-kind journey, Al has been a TV news editor, groundskeeper, census taker, stand-up comedian, and surgical assistant…just to name a few.
Al’s favorite artist gig was working as a comic book colorist, finisher, and co-illustrator with collaborator and good friend Jackson “Butch” Guice, a nationally known comic book artist. From ‘84 to ‘92, he and Butch worked on Superman with DC comics, followed by The X Factor Graphic Novel, Action Comics, and Acclaim comic books. Then there were the Nightbreed and Hellraiser comics. Those eight years working with Butch were packed with unbelievably tight deadlines, raw energy, and maximum creative output.
Other notable jobs include commissioned paintings for the Tri-Star movie Private Eyes, starring Don Knotts and Tim Conway, and illustrations and freelance art projects for The Grove Park Inn Resort in Asheville.
For over ten years, Al has been a student of nationally known landscape painter John Mac Kah, co-founder of the celebrated Fine Arts League of Asheville. John says, “Al’s formal art education at UNC-Asheville and his sensitivity and broad range of mature, practiced skills keep him focused and plugged into that Source where all artists get their creative inspiration and energy. That’s why remarkable paintings continue to come out of his studio.”
Mountain Birds is a series of fine art giclée reproductions that capture the essence and spirit of Western North Carolina birds. Taking a year’s worth of study and dedication to produce just twelve birds, Al has rendered each one to capture its tender beauty and showcase its ancient place within the magnificent biodiversity of the Southern Appalachian Mountain Range.
Images are locally printed and carefully matched to the original oil painting for perfect clarity and color reproduction. Additionally, each image is printed on acid and lignin-free cotton rag paper.