Local Artist Wins 2007 Ducks
Unlimited Print of the Year
LeClaire – The Ducks Unlimited Print of the Year was awarded to a LeClaire man today. Kreig Jacque, a local wildlife artist who has painted professionally for five years, won the competition using an outdoor scene inspired by the Mississippi River.
“It feels great to be validated as an artist. To know that other people can look at what I have created and see some beauty in it lets me know that the time and effort I've put into painting is worthwhile,” said Jacque.
The competition was judged by a twelve member panel of Iowans which drew from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and members of Ducks Unlimited.
The print, titled Big River Divers, was rendered with Gouache, an opaque water color. It depicts three canvasback ducks swimming on the Mississippi River with another group of ducks landing behind them. The scene on the Mississippi was inspired by pool 13 near Princeton and LeClaire.
For winning, Jacque received $1500 as well as 100 professionally produced prints of his work which will be available for sale soon. Another 2500 prints are distributed to Ducks Unlimited chapters across the United States and will be auctioned off as fund raisers.
In addition, Jacque was the runner up in the competition to choose the 2007 Duck Stamp used by the Department of Natural Resources for all duck hunters. His second entry was called Resting Woodducks and depicts a lone Drake woodduck sitting on a log in the backwater of the Wapsi River.
The competition took place at the Marriott Hotel in Des Moines on Saturday, February 17th.
Jacque, 38, lives with his wife, Amber, and their four children in rural LeClaire. More of his work can be seen at www.visionsofwildlife.com