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An example of work by Ronald J. Louque
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Ron Louque (pronounced Luke) began the study of nature at
an early age. As a youngster in South Louisiana, he
was introduced to the beauties of nature through hunting and fishing,
and by age nine he was enrolled in a taxidermy correspondence
course. It became a passion for the young outdoorsman and soon
led him deeper into the world of birds and animals that lived
in the surrounding swamps of his bayou homeland.
While mounting hundreds of specimens during his teenage years,
Louque's interest in the natural world continued, and eventually
he began his formal study of nature in college. He
entered Louisiana State University as a wildlife biology
major in 1970, but soon switched to zoology and ornithology
which were more specific to his interest....Birds.
Louque's introduction to art came in 1972 through the curator of
the L.S.U. Museum of Natural History. Later he
was introduced to two artist-ornithologists John O'Neill and Douglas
Pratt who were zoology graduate students as well as proficient
bird painters. From them he learned the important
techniques of bird illustration which have led him to his current
status as a world champion waterfowl stamp artist. Later he met
the famous internationally acclaimed Russian-German realist
artist, Adolf Sehring who was instrumental in helping him to understand
the importance of light and composition in his paintings.
In 1974 Louque began his career as a professional
artist. He was immediately seen as the new "Audubon",
French-Cajun style, and his early work reflects that influence.
His paintings, combining anatomical accuracy as well as sheer beauty,
led to his becoming one of the top five duck and conservation stamp
artists in the nation.
In 1973 Louque spent three months camping in the remote areas of
the Peruvian Andes with ornithologist-artist John O'Neill during
a field research expedition for the LSU Museum of Natural
History. While there, the team collected and preserved over
fifteen hundred specimens, including one that was new to science.
It was a new species of tanager found near the 8,000 foot
elevation of the cloud forest on the eastern slopes. Louque
immediately preserved and painted the specimen, documenting it for the
Moving to Virginia in 1983, Louque began to paint the landscapes and
wildlife habitats of the Mid-Atlantic and Blue Ridge Mountains.
He has developed his multifaceted artistic style over the past 30 years
to include not only Audubon-like bird and mammal paintings, but
also European inspired landscapes, figurative portraits and still
Awards: The Ward Foundation's World Champion Wildfowl Master title in
1984; American Masters Foundation Recipient in 1978;
27 State Conservation Stamp Art Contest wins; winner of the 2002
Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest (he entered the federal
contest for the first time in 1973 and had placed in the top ten and
twenty finalists many times before).
His work has appeared on numerous magazine covers including Ducks Unlimited, Audubon, Louisiana Conservationist,
and others. Over the past thirty years,
Louque has exhibited his paintings in 88 cities in the U.S.
and has issued 86 limited edition prints selling over 106,000
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