Born in Texarkana, Texas, Duke Windsor served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a combat illustrator and drill instructor. After leaving the service, Windsor was a freelance illustrator and rodeo cowboy, competing in bull-riding, bare back and steer wrestling. He subsequently studied classical voice at San Diego State University, later performing with the San Diego Opera Chorus. Duke maintains his passion for music as a singer-songwriter and guitar player. An avid practitioner of the martial arts, Duke owned and operated a martial arts studio for seven years, eventually achieving the rank of 4th Dan Black Belt.
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 Urbanscapes have been exhibited and received awards at 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 portrait commissions and military historical works. Windsor works in a variety of mediums including pastel, oil, acrylic, watercolor, linocut block prints and, most recently, terracotta sculpture. His artistic breadth ranges from plein air to abstract. 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.
Windsor is an Associate Artist member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, International Acrylic Painters Association and San Diego Watercolor Society. He is a former board member of A.R.T.S. (A Reason to Survive), which empowers troubled youth through the arts, and he is former Education Chair of the San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild. Windsor has also served as a member of the Public Arts Selection Committee of the San Diego Regional Airport Authority Art Program. Duke is an experienced art instructor who has taught art to both adults and children at numerous venues, and he has juried many local and regional art exhibitions.
Duke has over 15 years of museum exhibit design experience including eight years as founding Director of Exhibits at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. He currently serves as CADD Design Engineering Manager at Full Swing Golf Simulators, headquartered in San Diego.
Windsor’s studio is located on Mt. Helix near the city of La Mesa, California.