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 five times 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.



Latest Artwork

Territory – 32 x 60″
At 5 feet wide, this is the largest painting I have done in the last few years. I had thought about a painting of a Moose for quite some time, as I had seen so many out in nature. However, the proper setting seemed to elude me, as I had gone through many ideas and it was challenging to think of something that would work well as a large painting. It wasn’t until a cool morning out in the Manitoba wilderness that I came upon this scene of a marsh full of mist being lit up by the early morning sun. A great, almost ethereal scene of trees mist and sun, creating layers and layers of forest and grass that disappeared into the distance. The Moose was the perfect compliment to this scene as it stands out bold in the hazy morning light. It’s strange shape and easily recognizable antlers are synonymous with northern wilderness and wild nature, and I wanted to do this painting right, as there would also be a major time investment in something so large. There were many ups and downs with this piece, going back and forth to get the layers, mist and trees just right. Many times painting over things I didn’t like, but after a total of about three months of work, this piece was done and I am happy with the finished painting! 


Morning Mist – 18 x 32″

I’ve always enjoyed foggy days, and this fall in Manitoba I had seen a fair number of them. It always gives so much depth to a landscape until it eventually disappears into the distance. If I’m able to, I like to get out for a hike before the mist disappears and take my time to experience it. There’s a bit of an ethereal quality to days like this and a pair of Sandhill Cranes I had seen earlier fit this landscape perfectly. They have this prehistoric feel to them, with the long necks and legs, and the most surprising thing was that their call was very loud. I had never seen them in the wild until then and the sound echoed quite a ways in the distance. And in contrast to their strong shapes and red patch on the crest, i wanted to keep the background as light as possible as the morning light gave a soft glow to entire landscape. 


Mountain Shadows – 22 x 42″
In this particular painting I wanted to capture the geometry of the rocks, and the very distinct shadows that happen late in the day when the sun is at a shallow angle. And a Mountain Lion coming down from the higher elevations to move trough the valleys at night. I’ve always had a bit of a fascination with these large cats. I’ve seen one in the wild when I was very young and in a place in Manitoba that I would have not expected to see one, but I remember the experience distinctly. From then on I’ve always wanted to see one again, and to have a better appreciation for how rare it would be see one of these big cats in my home province. A couple years back I came upon some tracks in Riding Mountain National Park, but that’s as close as I’ve gotten to another glimpse.  


Recent News

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.