JOHN A. RUHVEN, naturalist, author, lecturer, and internationally acknowledged master of wildlife art is often called the "20th Century Audubon." Ruthven uses the same techniques as his famous predecessor. After studying and researching his subject thoroughly, he sketches to rigid specifications then renders the original painting with great detail.
His fascination with nature began as a young boy in Cincinnati. After serving in World War II, he entered the Cincinnati Art Academy. He opened a commercial art studio in 1946 with the goal of building a career in wildlife art. In 1960 he entered the Federal Duck Stamp competition and won with his Redhead Ducks. In 1971 Ruthven founded Wildlife Internationale`, Inc. to publish and distribute his limited edition prints and is still doing so 45 years later. Ruthven was recognized as Duck`s Unlimited First Artist of the Year, First Ohio Duck Stamp Artists, and First Ohio Animal Stamp/Print Artist.
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