A painting by Richard Clifton of Milford, Del., was chosen the winner of the 2013 California Duck Stamp Contest. The painting, which depicts a pair of American wigeons in a marsh, becomes the official design for the 2013-2014 stamp.
Following the contest June 18 in Davis, the three judges complimented Clifton’s winning painting, praising its painstaking anatomical accuracy and a “soft, appealing feel.”
“I was trying to create something pleasing that would gain and hold the interest of the judges,” said Clifton, a full-time wildlife artist. “There is kind of a misty look about it. Something a little tranquil where the ducks look at ease and the setting is comfortable. Somewhere you would like to be viewing wigeons.”
Clifton has twice before won the California Duck Stamp Contest and also has won a Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest.
Clifton and 18 other artists from around the country submitted entries for this year’s contest, sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). John Brennan of Lutz, Fla., placed second, Jeffrey Klinefelter of Etna Green, Ind., placed third and Charles Black of Stillwater, Minn., received honorable mention.
The four paintings are expected to be displayed at the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association’s 43rd Annual Classic Wildlife Art Festival in Sacramento on July 13-14.
Since 1971, the California Duck Stamp Program’s annual contest has attracted top wildlife artists from around the country. All proceeds generated from stamp sales go directly to waterfowl conservation projects throughout California.
In the past, hunters were required to purchase and affix the stamp to their hunting licenses. Today, hunters are no longer required to carry the stamps because California’s modern licensing system prints proof of additional fees paid directly onto the license. However, CDFW still produces the stamps, which can be requested on CDFW’s website at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/collectorstamps.
The subject of the 2014 California Duck Stamp Art Contest will be the scaup, with details on the 2014 contest to be released at a later date.