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DUCKS UNLIMITED 2010 NATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Born in 1960 , Calgary artist Darren Haley spends hours observing the habitat and behaviour of his wildlife subjects .
This commitment to capturing wildlife in it's natural state is apparent in the fine detail of his incredibly realistic creations .
Darren Haley's " The New West " was selected to join Duck's Unlimited ( DUC ) 2010 National Art Portfolio and he was named
DUC's Artist Of The Year. The money raised through this program supports DUC's Wetlands For Tomorrow campaign.
Wetlands for Tomorrow is the largest conservation fundraising campaign in the history of North America.
The Inspiration for DUC's 2010 Artist Of The Year painting
" THE NEW WEST "
When Haley was photographing background material near the Saskatchewan border and the seventh baseline in Alberta, he came across an abandoned farmstead that inspired his painting. Although the area was devoid of people, it was teeming with wildlife. "There were swallows in the house, a pair of skunks under the house and a great horned owl in the barn," Haley says. "The title 'The New West' came from the fact that when people leave, wildlife moves in. The Ferruginous Hawk, once threatened, is also making a comeback in the area". Haley recreated the scene with this spectacular hawk as the focal point in this classic prairie painting.
This is the third time Darren Haley has been selected as DUC's ARTIST OF THE YEAR.
Just last year 2009, he was chosen for his piece Alpine Hunter ( pictured below ) and again in 2000 for " Ladies First " ( located on the art print page) . Many more of his prints, including Soft Shadows- Lynx , Passing 60 , Full House - Owls , The Sunning Rock , Jewel , Parkland Winter,
The New Homesteader and Athabasca Spring have been recognized in previous DUC National Art Portfolios.
DUCKS UNLIMITED 2009 NATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Inspiration for DUC's 2009 Artist Of The Year painting
" ALPINE HUNTER "
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