Featured Artist Selected for 2022 Waterfowl Festival

The Waterfowl Festival is excited to announce that Richard Clifton will be the Featured Artist for the 2022 Waterfowl Festival. Richard is a world-renowned wildlife artist and won the 2007 and 2020 Federal Duck Stamp contest.

“The Waterfowl Festival is truly fortunate and honored to have Richard Clifton selected as its 2022 Featured Artist,” said Kenneth Miller, president of the Waterfowl Festival board of directors. “Richard is one of our country’s premier artists for paintings that capture the beauty of waterfowl within their natural habitat. His compositions evoke a unique, if not varied set of emotions and feelings among experienced waterfowlers, naturalists and art collectors alike.”

Richard is a self-taught, award-winning artist. Waterfowl are one of his favorite subjects and he has painted 53 duck stamps from various states and countries, including the 1996 Australian Duck Stamp.

Richard’s art has been chosen several times for the Ducks Unlimited National Art Package and he was named Artist of the Year by Ducks Unlimited three times.

“Cuttin’ In” Wood Duck, by Richard Clifton

“As a wildlife artist, it has always been a career dream of mine to be the Featured Artist for a show,” says Richard. “So, I was both humbled and honored to be named 2022 Featured Artist for the Waterfowl Festival.”

Richard first exhibited at the Festival in 2006. His work is sought by domestic and international fine art collectors.

“The long tradition of the Festival promoting ducks and geese and my love of painting waterfowl are coming together, and it feels like a good fit,” says Richard. “We should all be excited by the hope and promise this brings as we gather in November.”

“Big Water” Buffleheads, by Richard Clifton

More artists will be announced during the coming months. As always, the Festival organizers are looking for the best-of-the-best in painting, sculpture, photography, and carving.

Waterfowl Festival Inc. is dedicated to wildlife conservation, the promotion of wildlife art, and the heritage of hunting and fishing on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It attracts some 18,000 visitors annually. It is the premier destination for everything waterfowl in the U.S.

The Festival will be held November 11-13, 2022 in historic Easton, in the heart of Talbot County. Tickets may be purchased online or at the event. VIP and corporate sponsorship packages are available. For more information, visit www.waterfowlfestival.org or call the Festival office at 410-822-4567.

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