Born in Texarkana, Texas, Duke Windsor served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a radio operator, combat illustrator/photographer, and drill instructor. After leaving the service, Windsor was a freelance illustrator and amateur rodeo cowboy competing in bull-riding, bare back and steer wrestling events. He subsequently studied classical voice at San Diego State University and later performed professionally with the San Diego Opera Chorus. Windsor holds the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt in Kempo martial arts and operated a martial arts studio for over seven years.
Windsor opened his first art studio in the Gaslamp Quarter in 1994. Since then he has artistically explored a wide range of subjects. Windsor’s Urban-Scapes have been exhibited and received awards at numerous juried exhibitions, group shows and corporate venues in San Diego and Southern California, and they are held in many private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has produced a variety of portrait commissions and military historical works. Windsor works in a variety of mediums including pastels, oils, acrylic, watercolors and linocut block prints. His artistic breadth ranges from plein air, to abstract, to most recently Terra-cotta sculpture. In 2009, Windsor received Art Kudos International Online Merit Award for Acrylic Landscape painting He has exhibited internationally including Ankara, Istanbul, Mexico and Yokohama and throughout the U.S.A.
Windsor is currently an Associate Artist member of the California Art Club, and a former board member with A.R.T.S., A Reason to Survive, which empowers troubled youth through the arts. He is also former Education Chair for the San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild. Windsor has also served as a member of the Public Arts Selection Committee for the San Diego Regional Airport Authority Art Program. Windsor was the founding Director of Exhibits at the USS Midway Museum, and former Traveling Exhibits Designer at the San Diego Natural History Museum.