Junior Duck Stamp Gallery

2015-2016

Artist: Andrew Kneeland, 17
Hometown: Rock Springs, Wyo.
Species: Wood ducks

What is a Junior Duck Stamp?
The Junior Duck Stamp is a pictorial stamp produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to recognize the conservation efforts of young people and support environmental and conservation education programs in the United States. The art competition is the culmination of students' study of waterfowl and wetlands conservation in the classroom, homeschool, or non-formal education setting, often using the Junior Duck Stamp Program educational curriculum.

Andrew Kneeland
Andrew Kneeland grew up in Wyoming with four brothers. He was homeschooled to support his musical pursuits. He found wildlife images inspirational and his art teacher, Bonnie Christiansen, gave him the ability to create eye-catching elements in color and composition. In 2015, he chose wood ducks. When he studied them the female duck's iridescence wasn't the focal point, he liked that. The Latin name "Aix Sponsa" means "waterbird in wedding raiment" and he began to build on that theme for his theme.

 

Last Updated: July 2, 2016