After winning over 60 wildlife stamp art contests, including winning this year's Nevada Duck Stamp Art Contest, most people would probably start getting a little cocky. But Indiana wildlife artist Jeffrey Klinefelter isn't like most people.
No matter how many wins Klinefelter gets, he never takes anything for granted. "I'm very surprised," he said. "There are a lot of talented artists out there and winning one of these contests is really hard to do."
The win marks the fifth time the Indiana artist has claimed the Nevada Duck Stamp contest with wins in 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2009. He also won the Nevada Trout Stamp art contest in 2002. Klinefelter's work has been featured on several other states' duck stamps as well including California, Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio.
When asked why he thinks he has had so much success in Nevada's contest, Klinefelter responded as he always does, with modesty. "I honestly don't know. I just do what moves me and hope others will like it."
The contest was sponsored by the Nevada Waterfowl Association and sanctioned by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). This year there were 17 entries to the contest from 13 states including three entries from Nevada. All of the winning entries can be viewed on the NDOW website.
The winning entry in the annual art contest was selected by a panel of seven judges including two wildlife commissioners. Klinefelter's painting of a white-fronted goose standing on the shore while three geese fly by will now grace Nevada's 2015-2016 State Duck Stamp.
See more here: http://www.ndow.org/Indiana-Artist-Claims-Fifth-Win-Nevada-Duck-Stamp-Contest/
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