Watercolor, 12.5 x 17.25 inches
Schaldach was born in Elkart, Indiana, and in 1908 his family moved to Michigan. As a youth he developed a passion for angling and wildfowling, which continued throughout his life. After serving in the Navy during World War I, he moved to New York City in 1919 where he made a living selling fishing tackle during the day and attending the Art Students League at night. He studied under Harry Wickey, the nationally recognized etcher; John Sloan, social realist painter; and George Bridgman, teacher of figure drawing. In the early 1920s, continuing the outdoor sporting drawing and writing that he had begun while still in high school, Schaldach contributed stories and illustrations for “Forest and Stream” magazine. In the 1930s when the magazine merged with “Field and Stream”, he became managing editor. He wrote and illustrated several books on hunting and fishing—“Fly by Schaldach” (1937), Coverts & Casts (1943), Currents & Eddies (1944), “Upland Gunning” (1946), and “The Wind on Your Cheek (1972). Schaldach also wrote two art books –“Carl Rungius, Big Game Painter” and “Path to Enchantment: An Artist in the Sonoran Desert” (1963). In 1937, artist Ray Strang invited Schaldach and his family to spend the winter with him on his ranch near Tuscon, Arizona. Thus began his romance with the Southwest. He finally moved to Tubac in 1956. He was a member of the Salmungundi Club (NYC), Society of American Etchers, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1939 New York World’s Fair, and the American Watercolor Society.