Like many other artists Durwood Coffey found his attraction and enjoyment in the creation of images from the animal world at a young age. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps right after graduating from high school and served as a Combat Artist. After serving Durwood got a degree in Fine Art and Illustration. For thirty years he used his visual skills to illustrate in the corporate world, doing pieces for companies such as General Motors, Marvel Comics, and Sea World. Since leaving the corporate arena Durwood has entered back in to the world of the animal kingdom and its habitat.