Black Ducks at Sunset – Wilhelm Goebel
Black Ducks at Sunset, Oil on Linen Covered Panel, 19 x 36
Black Ducks are considered the King of ducks to many waterfowlers. Wary, and hard to decoy, they are a prize for the bag. Though not as flashy as many other duck species, they have a muted but handsome appearance. I chose to show a small flock gathering in the mud flats at sundown, as they so often do.
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Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Wilhelm J. Goebel is a nationally known wildlife artist. A graduate of Ithaca College in Ithaca New York, Goebel received a degree in biology. He has made a lifetime study of bird anatomy and made field trips throughout Canada, the U.S, and the West Indies to study wildlife. His paintings have been featured in many publications including Outdoor Life, National Wildlife, Birdwatchers Digest, Sporting Classics, and Wildlife Art Magazine to name a few. Goebel's work is displayed in numerous galleries and museums in the United States and Canada including Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the Bennington Center for the Arts, the U.S. Postal Museum, the National Wildlife Federation and the Ward Museum of Wildlife Art. His paintings are also found in many private collections across the country.
His artwork has benefited organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited, and Wildlife Forever. Among his many artistic accomplishments he was chosen as the 2007 Grand National Waterfowl Association Artist of the Year, 2004 and 2007 National Wild Turkey Federation Stamp Print Artist of the Year, 2002 National Wild Turkey Federation Artist of the Year, Ducks Unlimited 1997 International Artist of the Year, and in 1995 won wildlife arts most prestigious award, the Federal Duck Stamp. He has also designed numerous state duck stamps for Alaska, Maryland, New Jersey, North Dakota, Virginia, and North Carolina.