Maryland has announced wildlife-art competition winners for the 2015-16 hunting season. The works are used on hunting permits, called ‘stamps’, but they’re also in demand by wildlife art collectors. Money from the sale of prints, hats and t-shirts is used for land preservation and bear habitat projects in Maryland.
Towson artist Jim Taylor is the winner of Maryland’s Duck Stamp Contest this year with his portrait of two flying ducks (shown below at the announcement). His work has been chosen a number of times for the state duck stamps. He often shows at the Waterfowl Festival in Easton and other places throughout the state.
And, wildlife artist Steve Oliver out of Brookhaven, Pennsylvania, is this years winner of the Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp Contest with his work titled ‘Autumn Morning’. He won in 2013 and five other times. Steve’s been doing wildlife art for 35 years.