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.
The first Wolf I had ever seen in the wild was in Riding Mountain National Park. The light was very low as the sun had already set, and being distracted by something in the trees, my Dad and I had stopped on the side of the road to inspect for tracks and such. After a minute I looked up, and down the road about a hundred yards was large black wolf looking at us. After snapping a couple very dark photos he wandered off down the road and then into the trees. A great experience. I later found out that this was the Alpha male for the pack in this particular area, and I assume he was out patrolling his territory. Then years later I came upon some fantastic frosted winter scenes not far from where I had seen this wolf in the Park, and after experimenting with other ideas from other parts of Canada, I came back to this. The bold contrast of the black wolf on the white scenery made for great dynamic in the painting, offset slightly by the deep yellow eyes and intense gaze of the wolf. Since then at Riding Mountain, I haven’t seen another, and have only found their tracks to know I had missed them.
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.