Time to paint at last

Bob Andrea retired from the Spooner Police Department two years ago, and now finally has more time to devote to his first love, painting. He recently won first place in the 2016 Wisconsin Turkey Stamp competition.

SPOONER– Talented artists from all corners of the state submitted a total of 28 pieces of wildlife artwork for this year’s Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamp design contest. Judging took place on Friday, July 3 and the top three pieces of artwork in each division will be on display in the Natural Resources Park at the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair.

Those interested in wildlife conservation and art are encouraged to visit the park to check out the winning designs and learn more about the accomplishments of Wisconsin’s wildlife stamp programs.

This year’s judging panel included Bruce Urben, Board of Directors President for the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, Doug Fendry, Pheasants Forever Regional Wildlife Biologist, and Paul Wait, an editor and publisher with Delta Waterfowl.

2016 Turkey Stamp

A painting of a tom turkey in a Wisconsin farmland setting, submitted by Robert B. Andrea of Spooner, received first place in the 2016 Wild Turkey Stamp design contest.

While Andrea has submitted artwork in past wildlife stamp design contests, this is his first time winning a blue ribbon.

“I actually took second place last year,” he said. “I came close last year, and this year I pained a more complete scene.”

Andrea has been painting and drawing since he was 7 years old. While his skills are mostly self-taught, both his mother and his uncle provided artistic inspiration.

Andrea and his wife, Jill, enjoy taking pictures of Wisconsin wildlife and scenery, and his winning painting of a tom turkey in a farmland scene was inspired by a turkey crossing the road during one of these excursions.

“They move so fast if you’re not ready, and even if you are,” he said. “It’s a fleeting moment.”

According to Andrea, the opportunity to spend time outdoors enjoying nature is a big part of why he is so passionate about wildlife artwork.

Andrea particularly admires the work of Norman Rockwell and wildlife artist Philip R. Goodwin, and his advice for beginning artists is to draw and paint what they see, follow their instincts, and keep working hard. Andrea served as a composite artist for the police force, where he was an officer for over 30 years, serving as chief for eight years.

A critic of his own work, Andrea was working on his turkey stamp right up until the deadline.

“Right up until the week I sent it in I didn’t like the sky color,” he said. “I changed it, put in blue, and then the blue on the turkey’s head popped.”

Andrea has more time to devote to his painting now, being two years retired from the police department.

“I’ve been enjoying the heck out of it,” he said. “I finally have time. Painting takes a lot of time and effort. You’ve got to be patient. You’ve got to work at it. I’ve got so many ideas for painting, things to do.”

His turkey painting is now at the Wisconsin State Fair. It will go to a printer engraver to do a detailed image, and then they will start making the stamps for the hunting season next spring.”

Terry Doughty of Colgate, placed second in the 2016 Wild Turkey Stamp design contest, while Robert Leum of Webster, placed third.

All turkey hunters are required to purchase the $5.25 Wild Turkey Stamp to legally hunt turkeys in Wisconsin, and proceeds help provide vital support for turkey management and hunting in Wisconsin. Wild Turkey Stamp sales represent over three-quarters of a million dollars annually for wild turkey and habitat management, restoration projects, education, research, and equipment purchases.

2016 Pheasant Stamp and Waterfowl Stamp

Terry Doughty of Colgate, Wis. placed first in the 2016 Pheasant Stamp design contest. Doughty also placed first in the Waterfowl Stamp design contest with his painting of a pair of Ring-necked Ducks.

Doughty is a veteran of the wildlife stamp design contests, taking first place in the 1988-89, 1995, and 2000 wild turkey stamp contests, 1998 pheasant stamp contest, and 1991 and 2002 waterfowl stamp design contests. Doughty won the “grand slam” in 2005, taking first place in all three contests.

Doughty has been painting since around 1970 – while he was awarded a scholarship to the University of Chicago, he remained at home to work for his father and ultimately joined the U.S. Navy at age 18. During his service he worked as an artist and prepared signs and port of call books while stationed on an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean.

Duck and goose hunters are required to purchase the $7 Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp in order to hunt waterfowl in the state – proceeds are used to manage, restore, and protect waterfowl habitat in Wisconsin and Canada.

Please note that an electronic “stamp approval” is printed on the licenses of wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl hunters at the time of purchase. Hunters will not receive an actual stamp unless they request it. DNR service centers have the state stamps available free of charge for hunters with current stamp approval.

Anyone else interested in collecting the Wisconsin wildlife stamps may purchase one directly from the DNR. For more information, call the DNR Service Center at 7.5.635.2101or visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “wildlife stamps.”

“The stamps are very collectable,” said Andrea. “A lot of people have stamp collections.”

Andrea plans to have prints made from his turkey stamp painting. He wants to set up a website in the future.

“I’d like to market my work, get it out to people,” he said.

He is currently working on paintings for the Oregon Duck Stamp, as well as the Federal Duck Stamp competitions.

“There is plenty of stuff going on, not to mention the paintings I want to do in between stamps,” he said.

Andrea enjoys nature, and has a passion for putting it on canvas.

“It’s always been my passion to create,” he sad. “To me, God’s creation is so amazing. Without it we’d have nothing. I’m just in awe every time I go out to see it.”

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