EAST HADDAM, CT — In a contest filled with great artwork, a panel of judges recently selected Indiana artist Jeffrey Klinefelter’s depiction of buffleheads flying across Barn Island Wildlife Management Area as the winner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) 2018 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation (Duck) Stamp Art Contest.Klinefelter is a previous winner of the Connecticut contest, winning in 2015 with his depiction of canvasbacks in front of the Ledge Lighthouse in New London. His painting of buffleheads was chosen out of 29 entries submitted by artists from across the country, including a record 18 from Connecticut artists, according to a release.Paintings were judged in six categories: suitability for reproduction, composition, habitat suitability for that species, anatomical correctness, eye appeal, originality, and whether a recognizable Connecticut landmark or habitat was used.Klinefelter’s painting will be the image for the 2019 Connecticut Duck Stamp. A pair of Canada geese on the Connecticut River with the East Haddam swing bridge in the background, submitted by Colchester artist Melissa Barker, placed second. Third place went to Chris Goins of Sheridan, Arizona, who submitted a painting of a pair of redheads.The DEEP Wildlife Division continues to encourage local artists to submit paintings… Read full this story
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