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.
Backyard Blossoms – 12 x 16″
Most of the artwork I did when I was young was focused on song birds that I could see in the backyard. Mostly because that was the easily accessible wildlife I could see almost every day. And the timing of certain birds that would come and go with migrations was always fun to watch. One of the birds that I would always look forward to seeing was the White Throated Sparrow. The colouring is a nice variation from other Sparrows and they have this bright yellow spot just above the eye. They would always show up around the time that all the particular trees were blooming in the backyard. A great contrast to the changing season.
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.