Wildlife artist Scot Storm, of Freeport, Minn., has been named as the Ducks Unlimited 2014 Artist of the Year. Storm's painting, "Tranquil Waters," catapulted him into his second Artist of the Year title for DU. A full-time wildlife artist since 1999, Storm won the 2004-2005 Federal Duck Stamp Contest and was also named DU's Artist of the Year in 2005. "Tranquil Waters" depicts a trio of wood ducks.
"That painting actually came from a pond on our homestead," Storm said. "I spend a lot of time out there taking photographs with my friend Tom Martin, especially in the spring. We had some cool morning sun coming through, which created the glow reflecting off the ducks."
Storm's passion for waterfowl stretches far beyond his canvas. For the past seven years, Storm and his brother have mentored young hunters by coordinating an annual waterfowl hunting trip to North Dakota.
This remarkably detailed painting of wood ducks led to Minnesota artist Scot Storm being named the 2014 Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year.
Ducks Unlimited's art program has raised more than $300 million for the organization's wetlands conservation mission over 40 years, $36 million of which has come from the Artist of the Year program.
"Scot's commitment to passing on the waterfowling heritage is rivaled only by his ability as an artist," said Jane Lawson, DU's art and merchandise marketing manager. "Thanks to artists like Scot, DU can provide event attendees with unique artwork, all while adding dollars for on-the-ground conservation work."
"Tranquil Waters" limited-edition prints and canvases will be available exclusively at Ducks Unlimited events beginning this month.