Joseph Koensgen is a Canadian wildlife and nature artist. His keen interest in nature, combined with artistic talent means that he is able to bring his experiences to life through the brush, creating vibrant and realistic pieces of art. His art has been recognized by receiving two People’s Choice awards at Art Expo, and in 2013, was featured in an article, “30 Under 30, Young Artists Revolutionizing the World of Fine Art”, in Art Business News Magazine. He is a member of the Assiniboia Group of Artists Cooperative, and Artists for Conservation. His concern for the natural world is a strong motivator for creating such work, with the hope that it will bring to attention the need to protect the wild places he paints. He has been selected six times to be a part of the Ducks Unlimited Canada National Art Portfolio, and has had the distinct honour of being selected as Artist of the Year for 2018. The program uses artwork from talented artists to raise funds and awareness for wetland conservation across Canada. He is currently living in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he continues to work on creating new and unique pieces of wildlife art that are inspired by experiences, and a desire to protect the natural world.



Latest Artwork

Autumn Reds – 12 x 16″

In the fall I was out for walk and stumbled upon these very bright red Sumacs. It had caught my eye right away. And though I had never used this much red in a painting before, I was excited about the opportunity to give it a try. Especially since, in some of my paintings I have often done the exact opposite, used the red highlight on a bird to accent a grey scene. But, doing the reverse of that, a mostly red background with a grey and white accent, was really fun and was a great challenge in using reds and oranges to bring out details and shadows. A great scene to not only see, but paint as well.



First Snow – 16 x 24″
These dark red leaves are still hanging on in late autumn, and an early snowfall produces great contrasts with the fall leaves. A few birds are still around and some are just getting ready to stay out for the long winter. Chickadees are among them, and their calls and energetic flying are a welcome sight on the usually stark landscape.  




Gold and Blossoms – 10 x 16″

Birdwatching was a major part of my life when I was young, and still is today. I would sit and watch birds in the backyard, trying to photograph and see the different kinds I could attract at different times of the year. The summer would bring many different kinds to the feeder and I really liked seeing the return of the gold finch. Their bright yellow and their black wings are a contrast in the greens of summer. They also have a really pleasant song is very recognizable when I hear them fly by. This is another painting in my ongoing series of Backyard Birds that will be little snapshots of birds, common and uncommon, that I’ve seen throughout my life.




Recent News

Joseph Koensgen’s piece, Territory, has been chosen for Artist of the Year for the 2018 Ducks Unlimited Canada, National Art Portfolio. This is the first year, Joseph has been selected for this honour. Prints will be available from the Ducks Unlimited Canada website, and sealed bid auction sites.  






New print! A small edition of 40 Artist’s Proof prints are now available. Forest Patrol was selected for the 2016 Ducks Unlimited Canada National Art Portfolio and edition of high quality fine are lithographic prints were made from the original artwork. Visit the Prints page for more details.