Northern Flicker woodpecker by Al Dornisch,
Acrylic painting on museum board.
Approx board size: 6"x8"
Framed Size: 11" x 13"
Al has won several wildlife conservation stamp and print contest, including recently the Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp contest. He and Carol, his wife of 63 years, live in a semi-rural town in Pennsylvania where their backyard joins a virtual wildlife game-park.
During the early part of his career, while living in Minneapolis he studied under the tutelage of Les Kouba, a world renowned wildlife artist, who encouraged and aided Al with his painting efforts.
Alcuin Dornisch Obituary
Alcuin C. "Al" Dornisch, 91, of Ridgway, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at Penn Highlands Elk.
Al was born October 27, 1931 in St. Marys, son of the late Alcuin "Doc" and Charlotte Myers Dornisch. A graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1951, Al continued his education, earning a degree in English from Gannon College in 1958.
On August 6, 1955, Alcuin married his beautiful bride, Carol Klatman, in the St. Mary's Catholic Church, and together they shared 67 years of marriage.
Al and Carol raised their eight children (and countless foster children) in Minnesota, where Al founded the Hennepin Technical Center, focused specifically toward the powder metal industry. While Al was most proud of his family, second to that was his pride for his "Hennepin Kids" who went on to be leaders in the powder metal industry globally.
Al was a self-taught artist with an expertise for capturing wildlife in its natural habitat in such detail that his paintings were often mistaken for photography. Painting up until the day he died, Al took great joy both in creating and sharing his artistic talent with customers-turned-friends who visited Al and Carol at the many art shows they participated in throughout Al's life.
Al's commitment to building a fair and just world for all is surpassed only by his love for his family, especially his beloved and devoted Carol. His incredible legacy lives on through his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and countless extended family and friends who will have to work hard to match his enormous heart.