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 twice to be a part of the Ducks Unlimited Canada National Art Portfolio, a program to use 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.
Being in the Yukon and seeing the large valleys bordered by the massive mountains of Kluane National Park was an amazing sight. The colours of the landscape were varied and rich, and the permanent snow covered mountains framed the expanse of trees and gave the land a sense of scale. A number of times the sound of a pair of Trumpeter Swans would get my attention and after hearing their calls, it’s apparent where they get their name. The large white birds would contrast the land like the patches of snow left over from the winter. Their necks stained a light rusty colour from feeding in the shallow lakes. The largest waterfowl species in North America, they are fantastic to watch as they fly off over the valleys into the distance.
Dates have been confirmed for the Artists For Conservation Festival, 2014. Joseph Koensgen’s painting, Evening on the Lake, has been selected for inclusion in the show. The show runs from September 26 – October 5, 2014, at the Spirit Gallery on Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver.