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Eugene, Oregon— March 29, 2010Wildlife enthusiast and Harvest House artist Jim Hautman has been named Ducks Unlimited 2011 Artist of the Year, MHS Licensing has announced. His painting, "First Light – Canvasbacks," won the top spot at this year’s event. This is Hautman’s second time winning the prestigious award.

The Hautman Brothers—Joe, Bob, and the youngest, Jim have established themselves as America’s foremost family of wildlife artists. All three brothers have received numerous honors and awards, and have been a strong and ongoing presence in many state and national duck stamp competitions.  

The most recent Hautman Brothers gift title from Harvest House, With Wings Like Eagles, is a panoramic look at how the magnificent freedom and grace of an eagle in flight inspires many people to look heavenward.  Pursuing the Prize, with author Steve Chapman, is the Hautman Brothers’ previous book with the publisher.


“It is a great honor to be named Ducks Unlimited artist of the year,” Hautman says in an MHS Licensing statement. “It is particularly satisfying to have my artwork chosen by people who are passionate about wildlife and conservation. I grew up loving the outdoors, and I feel lucky to be able to do what I do.”


Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest non-profit organization made up of nearly 800,000 members throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico and are dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats.


The Hautman Brothers artwork can be found on everything from home textiles and giftware to stationery and collectibles. Since Hautman’s winning painting has been donated to wildlife conservation, it is restricted from licensing.  However the Hautman Brothers’ enormous library of images, consisting of over 1000 paintings, is available and can be seen here.


Print quality images to accompany this press release are available in digital format. Available images are: cover art, author photo, Harvest House logo.

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