2013 Featured Artist Noppadol Paothong
Noppadol Paothong is a staff photographer for Missouri Conservationist, one of the largest state conservation magazines. His photography skills have been recognized by receiving more than 60 regional, national awards. For the past ten years, he has been extensively documenting North American grassland grouses To see Noppadol’s work, visit www.nopnatureimages.com
2012 Featured Artist Jan Martin McGuire
Jan Martin McGuire is known as an artist and naturalist who paints nature’s diversity. She has been a professional wildlife artist for almost 30 years. Her highly detailed and scientifically accurate portrayals of the world’s wildlife are done after much travel to wild areas photographing and sketching her subjects and their habitat. Her work has been shown and is in private, corporate and museum collections worldwide including FORBES magazine; SMITHSONIAN museum; LONDON NATURAL HISTORY museum; GILCREASE Museum; and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC headquarters Visit Jan’s web site at www.janmartinmcguire.com
2011 Featured Artist Merlin Little Thunder
Merlin Little Thunder grew up along the North Canadian River in western Oklahoma, spending his formative years in or on the river exploring the varied rural areas across his beloved state. His images are inspired by his Cheyenne heritage and explore the mystical, enveloped by the grandeur of western Oklahoma’s rich landscapes. Merlin’s work is found In museums across the country, including the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of the American Indian.
2010 Featured Artist Julie Zickefoose
Julie Zickefoose is a widely published natural history writer and artist. Educated at Harvard University in biology and art, she worked for six years as a field biologist for The Nature Conservancy before turning to a freelance art career. Her observations on the natural history and behavior of birds stem from more than three decades of experience in the field. She has presented illustrated lectures for nature organizations and festivals across the country, and exhibited her paintings at universities, museums, galleries, and juried shows. Bird Watcher’s Digest has published more than 30 of Julie’s articles and 17 of her cover paintings since 1986. Read more about Julie at www.juliezickefoose.com.
2009 Featured Artist Debby Kaspari
Debby Kaspari is a dedicated field artist, using her signature gesture drawings, field notes and camera to accentuate the rhythms and movements of her animal, plant and landscape subjects. Her work has won many awards and is widely exhibited, including covers of Bird Watchers Digest. Debby is a recent Harvard Forest Artist-in-Residence, and the recipient of the Don and Virginia Eckelberry Fellowship. Her work has been juried into Birds in Art, Art and the Animal and Art of the Animal Kingdom, among other national and international wildlife art shows. Through her artwork and writing, Debby shares her love of nature and birds. Debby lives in Norman, Oklahoma. See her award-winning blog, Drawing the Motmot, at drawingthemotmot.wordpress.com