Craig Bone was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia, Africa. He studied Graphic Arts at Natal University in South Africa. In 1973, Craig returned to Rhodesia and enlisted in the Rhodesian Light Infantry. During this time he painted vivid scenes of combat and was totally immersed in the war. Craig was severely wounded by a mortar attack, which almost cost him his legs and his life, subsequently his focus turned to painting full time. Craig has since devoted his time, energy and skills to helping various organizations and charities.
Craig’s strong sense of community spirit and his passion for the military has encouraged him to support veteran programs throughout the United States and in Zimbabwe. Recently, Craig raised over $100,000 for the Safari Club International Veterans Committee, which supports soldiers from Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraqi who have been wounded during active duty. His painting titled “Earth, Wind and Fire” is a depiction of the reality of the Vietnam War and honors the sacrifice of American soldiers. This work of art presently hangs in the Pentagon. Craig is currently working on similar projects connected to the Iraq and Afghanistan War.
Craig has been awarded the Safari Club Medal of Valor for his consistent support and dedication to the Veteran’s Committee, and in 2003, Craig was also awarded the Safari Club International Wildlife Artist of the year. Due to his obvious passion and support of veteran programs, Craig was honored to participate in the official opening of Fort Bragg’s Airborne and Special Operations Museum in North Carolina. Within his own community, Craig has volunteered his time to the Cancer Center Health Park of Fort Myers, Florida.
To date, Craig has illustrated several books that have been published and sold to the public and private organizations.