Chuck Black of Bozeman, Mont., was chosen as the winner of the 2015 California Duck Stamp Art Contest for his depiction of an American green-winged teal. His work officially becomes the design for the 2015-2016 stamp.
Following the contest held June 17 in Davis, the judges complimented Black’s painting, praising the artist’s anatomic accuracy, and attention to feather detail and habitat.
“I am extremely grateful to have been chosen,” said Black, a professional wildlife artist. “Having recently switched to oil paint from acrylic, I am thrilled to have such positive feedback because it reassures me that I am going in the right direction. I wanted to make the painting a true depiction of waterfowl but did not want to distract from the duck itself. That is why I decided to go with one drake instead of a lot of ducks … I wanted the bird to be prominent.”
In the past, hunters were required to purchase and affix the stamp to their hunting licenses. Today, hunters are no longer required to carry the stamps because California’s modern licensing system prints proof of additional fees paid directly onto the license. However, CDFW still produces the stamps, which can be requested on CDFW’s website at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/collectorstamps.