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.
Above the Expanse – 24 x 48″
When I was in the Yukon a few years ago it was a fantastic experience. Large open expanses and pristine forests bordered by enormous mountains. On this day I was up at an elevation where it had changed from forest to low brush and grassland with mosses and lichens covering the rocky terrain. It was what I imagine the tundra would be like, and the day was cloudy and cold. Large dark clouds had been rolling in bringing strong wind and snow with the odd break of sunlight, separating all the layers of mountains into the distance. I had seen a Golden Eagle soaring above a valley and it didn’t seem to mind the weather that had been coming and going all day. The eagle gliding through the valley seemed to mirror the dynamic of the sky that day, the dark and massive wings being as bold as the mountains, standing out among the landscape. I watched it for as long as I could before it was too distant to see.
Mossy Forest – 20 x 28″
I’ve always enjoyed the forests of the west coast. Moss hanging down from the large trees with a mist that separates the layers of trees in the distance. The first time I hiked through these forests, there was an immediate sense of scale that I hadn’t felt before. Trees so large they reached up above the canopy, and a vibrant green unlike anything I had seen. An overwhelming sensory experience that was rich in biodiversity and mystery. It seemed fitting to have the Owl in this painting since they seem to have an air of mystery themselves, and that at any moment it could simply disappear into the misty layers of trees and be gone.
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.