Duke Windsor's Biography
A highly diverse art practitioner, Windsor served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a combat illustrator, photographer, radio operator, and drill instructor in 1978. Upon leaving the service Windsor pursued work as a freelance illustrator. Because of his love of music, Windsor eventually auditioned and enrolled at San Diego State University and for a time studied classical voice, later performing professionally with the San Diego Opera Chorus. Windsor also holds the rank of 4th Dan Black Belt in Kempo Karate after over 15 years of study and has taught kids and adults in the art of self-defense for over seven years. Windsor opened his first art studio in San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter in 1994. Since then he has developed his art throughout a wide range of media and genres. He has produced a variety of quality portrait commissions, military historical works, contemporary landscapes as well as most recently abstract expressionism.
Windsor’s mastery of a variety of media including pastels, oils, acrylic, watercolors, clay, lino-cut block prints, and found objects has propelled Windsor into a respected place as “Master Artist” among his peers. Windsor’s ever-popular Urban-Scapes "Alleys of North Park Series," which began in 1999, had received numerous awards from juried shows and invitational museum exhibitions. They have been included in many group shows and corporate venues in Southern California. His works are held in many private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and in Europe. Windsor has been developing his art even further by experimenting with new, groundbreaking non-representational works and methods. Adding to his continued growth, Windsor is still embarking on new works and challenges by entering into new territories with experimentation in found objects, mixed media and experimenting in printmaking, sculpture and works on paper. Windsor’s studio is located in the community of Lemon Grove, CA.