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 Ronald J. Louque  (1952 - )

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Lived/Active: Louisiana/Virginia      Known for: wildlife-wildfowl, landscapes and still-lives

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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 first time.

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 -lives.

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  prints. 


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