Dick Zunkel received his Bachelor of Science degree in Machine Design from Bradley University at Peoria, Illinois. He continued his education at Wingate College North Carolina, and the San Francisco Art Institute, where he served as a guest instructor in plein air watercolor painting. He maintained an interest in art throughout his career and pursues a career as an artist since retirement in 2007. Dick developed new skills in graphic arts through developments in computer hardware and software. He created his "Plain Air" collection of cartoons late in 2015. He continues to add to the collection of over 125 full color cartoons today. He published an e-book of his work "Plain Air" in 2018 with a narrative about creativity and process. He is currently editing his newest book "Breathing Plain Air" in which he has reformatted and enlarged his previous work and added over 50 new cartoons to the collection. His work appears monthly in the newsletter and web site of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society, of which he is a member. He and his wife Salinda, also an artist, live in San Jose, California and enjoy plein air painting each week at scenes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and locations in Europe and Asia.