Born and raised in Star, Idaho, Jerry Wilda has spent a life time in work and service to the beautiful Treasure Valley and beyond. Jerry attended Northwest Nazarene College and in 1955, married Barbara Dobbs. Together they raised four daughters, have twelve grand-children and twenty-six great grand-children.
Although Jerry went to college on a baseball scholarship, his major was art. And though his major was art, Jerry’s career has incorporated many skills in many ways. He has worked in law-enforcement throughout Idaho, pastored churches in Colorado and Montana and as an experienced pilot, owned Rocky Mountain Air, a company which primarily transported prisoners for the state throughout the Northwest. Yet all the years he served in these capacities, he painted and/or drew almost daily. His wildlife art and illustrations were employed for more than thirty years by the Idaho Fish & Game department and commissioned by various publications including the incredible Idaho and Colorado Outdoors magazines. Currently, Jerry provides illustrations for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.
Jerry says, “Since my retirement, I paint daily. It’s medicine for me and that keeps me going. I’m going to keep on painting ducks until one fly’s off the canvas panel…or until I fly away!”