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.
This scene is from Riding Mountain National Park, one of my favourite places to visit. There was a dense fog the night before that left a thick frost on everything the next morning and the landscape was quiet and frozen with very little sound but those coming from the birds that stay for the harsh winter. The Pileated Woodpecker is large, about the size of a crow, and the bright red cap on their head is a contrast in this black and white landscape. They are loud birds and both their calls and heavy chopping into trees can be heard echoing through the forest. Not too often have I seen so much forest frozen under a frost like this, but it was surely a delight to see.
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.