In Remembrance of Byron James Gardner
Byron J. Gardner, well known artist, teacher and master falconer, died of
cancer on May 14, 1992. He was 61. Born in Portland in 1930, he was
a graduate of the Portland Museum Art School. His work has been
widely exhibited and his paintings are in many museums and private
He taught art at the Catlin Gabel School for thirteen years. At the
time of his death, he was Professor Emeritus of Art at Portland
State University.
Mr. Gardner was a leading force in the Oregon Falconers
Association of which he was past president. He was a director of
the North American Falconers Association and was the designer of
their logo which is recognized worldwide.
He was active in community aairs and had served on the board of
the Oregon High Desert Museum. He served as artist member of the
Portland Art Museum board and was on the board of the Boys and Girls
Aid Society. He was past president of the West Hills Unitarian Fellowship.
Survivors include his wife, Judith Ann, daughter Elizabeth Woods, and stepdaughters
Angela Sorenson and Lela Edminston. He had ve grandchildren. e family suggests that memorial contributions be made to
the North American Falconers Association.
e artist is called upon by the conscience of his time and his knowledge of art to create new visual arrangements from the
nature which surrounds him. Committed to discovery and dedicated to truth; he is the curator of the old taste and the originator
of the new. B.J.G.
Donors Oregon Falconers Association
Byron with English setter, Cinnamon, and Gyr/Peregrine hybrid, Tulla, Oregon 1984
“ THE MANY weeks Byron and
I spent in grouse camp through
the years were a wonderful time.
A person really gets to know
someones true nature/outdoor
personality at camp. I cant
truly express in words how easy,
peaceful and rewarding our time
together was. Byron and I had
become very close. I am fortu-
nate for our years of friendship.
Danny Ertsgaard
Byron with Sirius (gyr/prairie). First sage grouse February 1991
Byron with his beautiful setter, Cinnamon, and hybrid tiercel, Tok, after some
successful teamwork. The vanquished is a Columbian sharp-tailed grouse.
Opposite page:
Redtail on Rabbit, watercolor
Above, far right:
Prairie Falcon, adult, watercolor
Immature Redtail Hawk, watercolor
Below left:
Falconer, watercolor
Below center:
Hawking Party, oil on canvas 18” x 24”,