Title: Hallmark Production Artist
Date started at Hallmark: 1979
Date started at Keepsakes: 1997
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
If you could visit Rodney Gentry's favorite places, you'd be surrounded by deep forests, snowy peaks, endless seashores and country gardens.An avid fisherman and camper, Rodney and his wife travel at every chance. When he's at home, you'll find him landscaping his yard or riding his motorcycle whether it's cold or hot out. He also has been known to play a round of golf or two. Like a lot of other artists, nature inspired his earliest painting, and he concentrated on deer and eagles as his subject matter. Rodney also liked to draw the sports heroes of the day. By ninth grade, he knew he wanted to work for Hallmark, and Rodney joined the company right after graduation. He started in the manufacturing department but continued his education by attending art school. As he studied digital art, he used his new skills in the graphics department on Christmas gifts and wrapping paper. His next move was to Keepsake Ornaments. His first assignment, a G.I. Joe® lunch box, still stands out in his memory as one of his favorites.
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