Baumlin grew up with a love of animals and nature and began drawing them obsessively almost as soon as he could pick up a pencil. He entered college to study architecture, but it was soon apparent that his interest in painting was far more dominant. He had been commissioned to do paintings for the Emir of Bahrain, the result of submitting design ideas to be used as a symbol for the Sulman Falcon Centre, so he dropped out of college to pursue a painting career instead.
What followed was a period of intense self-education in painting, fueled by an insatiable curiosity, studying the work of artists he admired, experimenting with the use of color, and always drawing. Lots and lots of drawing.
Soon he was exhibiting at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museums Birds in Art, Wildlife: The Artists View, and the National Park Academy of the Arts Arts for the Parks exhibits, winning their Wildlife Award and Bird Art Award in subsequent years. Commissions filled in the gaps between public exhibitions.
Other exhibits included the Society of Animal Artists Art and the Animal exhibits from 2013 to 2019, winning the Ethology Award for the Best Depiction of Natural Behavior in Any Medium, the Hiram Blauvelt Purchase Award, and the Presidents Award.
His paintings are included in the collection of The National Park Foundation, the Hiram Blauvelt Art Institute, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, and many private collections.
Birds in Art, Wausau, WI; 1987-2015
Wildlife & Western Art Exhibit and Sale, 1989; Merit Award
Wildlife: The Artists View, LYWAM, 1990
Arts for the Parks, National Park Academy of the Arts, Jackson, WY; 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993. Bird Art Award 1992, Wildlife Art Award 1993.
Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ 2019 and 2021
Society of Animal Artists, Art and the Animal; 2013-2019 Ethology Award, Presidents Award, Hiram Blauvelt Purchase Award.
Sketch for Survival, Norwich, England July 2021
Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife Art; Jackson, WY 2022