Biography


Bartlett Lee Kassabaum has worked as a full time professional artist for over 38 years. He is a self taught artist and enjoys working in many different mediums including watercolor, gouache, acrylic, graphite and color pencil, and mixed media. He has 99 of his original works in print and now prints all of his own art using lightfast permanent inks. In his gallery there is a large selection of framed art (over 200) for the home or business. His work is mainly of rural landscapes, wildlife, and local scenes, but he also loves different projects as a change of pace. The artist offers custom museum conservation framing as well as commission work and special projects for companies and individuals. These special projects include framed prints of his work with special or personalized added drawings (remarques) and wording that can be used for incentive awards or retirement and personal gifts.

A dedicated and accomplished artist, Bart Kassabaum’s work has been recognized for many achievements and awards. He has had three direct purchase awards and two commissions by the state of Illinois, had his art presented to three Illinois governors, and has won four Illinois Duck Stamp competitions for the state hunting stamp in 1980, 1983, 1985, and 1987. Bart’s patriotic art, “No Free In Freedom”, featuring World War Two veterans Charles H. Kassabaum, his father, and pilot John C. Dove, was featured in his design for the country music CD by Derik Schumacher out of Nashville in 2005. The art of Bartlett Lee Kassabaum has raised over $150,000 for different charitable causes during his career.

B. L. Kassabaum Artist’s Gallery is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, or by appointment, anytime on the internet. The Artist’s Gallery will ship your purchased prints framed or unframed. All prints are shipped flat. Bart Kassabaum can be reached by calling (815) 872-7081 or by e-mail at blkassart@frontier.com.

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