For Immediate Release: February 19, 2013
Washington, DC – Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) has awarded Linda Besse as the 2014 Conservation Artist of the Year, the most prestigious award in big game wildlife artistry. Ms. Besse will create an original oil painting of caribou that will be auctioned at the 42nd Annual SCI Hunters’ Convention at the Mandalay Bay Resort, February 5-8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nev. All proceeds from this one-of-a-kind caribou painting will fund conservation projects for big game species in 2014.
“One of the reasons I first picked up a paintbrush was to support the wildlife I love,” said Ms. Besse. “For my artwork to be honored by a conservation organization like SCI Foundation is a lifetime achievement. I know the iconic species we admire and pursue only benefit through the combined efforts of sportsmen and women to conserve them for future generations.”
“Our Conservation Artist of Year program celebrates amazing wildlife artwork while also raising the necessary funds to deliver the ambitious conservation agenda of our organization,” said SCI Foundation President Joe Hosmer. “In addition to the recognition of our distinguished artists like Linda, the sale of artwork that features big game species helps raise awareness beyond our hunting brethren.”
Ms. Besse is an award-winning wildlife artist and dedicated conservationist based out of Mead, Wash. Her work is collected on four continents, and she has exhibited at the annual SCI Convention since 2000. Ms. Besse has traveled to every U.S. state, 33 countries, and all seven continents to experience first-hand the fauna and flora for her oil paintings. During the summer of 2012, she completed a 459-mile Arctic canoe trip with the Wilderness River Expedition Art Foundation and she is involved in research programs that directly benefit conservation.
A limited number of canvas prints will be produced in autumn 2013 for eligible Safari Club International Chapters. For more information on the Conservation Artist of the Year Program contact Michelle Tacconelli, Conservation Assistant, at 202-543-8733 or firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the Conservation Artist of the Year website at http://member.safariclubfoundation.org/artist/.
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