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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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”.
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.”
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