BIOGRAPHY: Sheridan Oman was an artist and sculptor of notoriety. He specialized in realistic wildlife portraits and created paintings, prints and bronze sculptures and had been creating art in the Tucson area at least since the mid-1960s. He was also one of the first staff artists for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Under tragic circumstances, the artist disappeared in 1995 after the mysterious death of his wife. In 2013 the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum sponsored by The Art Institute and Ironwood Gallery held an assumedly posthumous retrospective of Oman’s work. The accompanying catalog illustrated an additional example of the Elf Owl etching. The Desert Museum is also known to have some of Oman’s artwork in their offices. Refs. 1.) Marchant, Piers. A Death in the House… “Tucson’s Sky-High Murder Rate Has Real Property Consequences.” Tucson Weekly, 08 Aug. 1996, http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tw/08-08-96/cover.htm. Accessed 11 Oct 2016. 2.) Teibel, David L. “Wildlife Artist Suspected in Wife’s Shooting Death.” Tucson Citizen, 25 March 1995, http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue2/1995/03/25/34351-wildlife-artist-a-suspect-in-wife-s-shooting-death/. Accessed 11 Oct 2016. 3.) “New Exhibit: ‘In Search of Sheridan Oman’ Opens at Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.” Arizona Herald, 2 Nov. 2013, http://www.arizonaherald.com/index.php/sid/218133818. Accessed 11 October 2016. 4.) Seeley Roe Susan, Behance. https://www.behance.net/gallery/16322569/Sheridan-Oman-Exhibition-Catalog. Accessed 11 Oct 2016.
PROVENANCE: From the mass international collection of the living estate of a former Executive for Levi Strauss International, who traveled the world for the firm buying and shipping denim before retirement and as a Broker of Real Estate in San Francisco, Maine and Florida. He received a B.A. from the University of Omaha, and remains a lead Donor of their Alumni Association today; he earned his Master's Degree at Ohio State where he served on the Dean's Staff. He was a Vice-President, 3-term President and served on the Board of Directors for the Lee Memorial Auxiliary. He was a Director on the Board for the Fort Myers Community Concert Association and Sponsor of Southwest Florida Symphony. He is also the Benefactor of Healthcare Educational and Endowment Grants - with a specific generosity for patients of HIV/AIDS, healthcare workers, & of volunteers for the sick and under-privileged.