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.
Reflection of Spring 26 x 48″
Right before I saw this calm scene, there were two males giving quite the display to see who was strong enough to win over the female in the nearby pond. The larger of the two was able to chase the other away leaving him to claim this small stretch of water for now. The loud trumpeting is quickly apparent as to why they have their name, and the bright white plumage and large wingspan are a fantastic sight. In the early spring in the Yukon, this sort of display is going all the time as there is a battle to get the best nesting and feeding grounds to raise young in the short Yukon summer. I love the contrast of these large white birds against the brown and grey landscape that has just emerged from a deep winter. Their necks stained a light orange from feeding on the bottoms of rivers and lakes. Scenes like this were 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.