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 three 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.
Early Arrival – 16 x 32″
In the spring I like to go out to the various ponds and wetlands and take a look at the wildlife that’s returning. The changing season often comes with thawing and refreezing of the ponds from swing in temperatures from day to night, leaving the ponds marked with frozen patches. The contrast of the pair in this partially frozen landscape will soon change once it’s warm enough to nest. The male being sure to display his bright colours and the female’s camouflage to blend in perfectly while she sits on the nest. This particular pond will see many waterfowl return to it and liven up with the sounds of many different species. A welcome sound after a long winter.
Dates have been confirmed for the Artists For Conservation Festival, 2015. Joseph Koensgen’s painting, Springtime Afterglow and Across the Valley, have been selected for inclusion in the show. The show runs from September 10 -12, Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver BC, and September 19 – 30, at the Spirit Gallery on Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver.