A tradition since 2002, DSC chooses an outstanding outdoor wildlife artist who exhibits dedication to conservation, outdoor education and hunting as DSC Artist of the Year. For 2017, DSC has selected Peter Blackwell of Kenya for his ability to bring wildlife to life through his fresh and innovative paintings.
Growing up on a remote farm in northern Kenya, Blackwell was fascinated with Africa’s diverse wildlife and the African bush. The artists built a reputation for his ability to accurately portray wildlife, including an amazing talent for capturing the fine intricate work of precise feathering.
“Peter’s artwork captures the landscape and wildlife of a place that many of our members have come to call a second home,” said DSC Executive Director Ben Carter. “For years, Peter has been generous in donating his works to DSC to help raise money for our conservation efforts. His dedication to his craft and his love of wildlife and wild places is certainly deserving of this recognition.”
This honor includes a special promotion for the artist during the 2017 DSC Convention in Dallas as well as one of Blackwell’s paintings featured on the cover of DSC’s Convention issue of Game Trails magazine. The artist will be presented with an award at the convention’s prominent Wednesday night banquet. Blackwell joins a long list of artists acclaimed as the DSC Artist of the Year, including Jan Martin McGuire, John Seerey-Lester, John Banovich and Kobus Muller.
The 2017 DSC Convention is set for Jan. 5-8 at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas. Attendees will have the opportunity to see and purchase Blackwell’s art, along with many other outdoor artists’ works.