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 twice 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.
The first painting of 2015 is of a pair of loons I saw at the lake in the previous summer. The Canadian Shield lakes are always a great place for seeing wildlife, and a common sight on the lake is this pair of loons. At sunset they are often seen swimming around breaking up the calm lake, reflecting the colours of the sunset in the water. I try and get close for pictures without disturbing them, but they are wary of my presence. I’ll drift along and all too soon the light fades and it’s time to go back. But I like to soak in every last bit of the experience and take my inspiration back to easel where I’ll select from the many photos I have taken to makes sketches, and create a painting.
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.