Delaware Artist Wins Nevada Duck Stamp Art Contest

When Terri Clifton noticed that the Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition was taking place in Las Vegas in 2018, she mentioned to her husband, wildlife artist Richard Clifton, he should also consider entering this year’s Nevada Duck Stamp Art Contest. That way if he won, his artwork would be on the state stamp when they traveled to Las Vegas.

“She was half-joking and half-serious, but when I looked into it and realized that the species was the Common Goldeneye I thought I’d give it a shot,” said Clifton.

 It was a pretty good shot as Clifton’s entry was selected as the winner of this year’s Nevada Duck Stamp Art Contest. His painting of a pair of Common Goldeneyes floating on the water will now grace Nevada’s 2018-2019 State Duck Stamp.

While Clifton had not entered the Nevada contest for a number of years, he has had quite a bit of success in the Silver State, winning the contest in 1992 and 2000. This year’s win is also an impressive benchmark for Clifton.

“I was excited to hear I had won the Nevada contest, partly because I have now won or been commissioned to paint a total of 50 duck stamps.  This includes the 1996 Australia and the 2007-08 Federal,” said Clifton.

 The contest was sponsored by the Nevada Waterfowl Association and sanctioned by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). The winning entry in the annual art contest was selected by a panel of seven judges including two wildlife commissioners.

The Common Goldeneye gets its name from its bright yellow eyes. They are a medium sized duck with large heads. The male goldeneye has a black-green head with a white circular patch between the eye and its bill. Its back is black; the wings are both black and white, while the breast is almost all white. They are diving ducks that will usually forage in flocks. The goldeneye is also a fast flier with their wings making a distinctive whistling sound when they are in flight, which has earned them the nickname “Whistler”.

“I had been sitting on some nice Goldeneye reference photos I had taken a few years ago, and had been looking forward to a chance to use them,” said Clifton  “It’s nice to have a good reason to paint a nice looking bird that's not a Mallard or Pintail.”

Stamps can be purchased by collectors and the general public to support Nevada’s wildlife and habitat conservation efforts. A limited number of prints may also be issued, and are available for fundraising for wildlife-related and other conservation organizations.        

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