2022 N.C. Waterfowl
Artist: Ron Louque
Print description: Wood Ducks
Image Size: 6 1/2" x 9"
Overall Size: 12" x 14"
About the N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Program
The N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print program, established in 1983 by the Commission, generates revenue for waterfowl conservation in the state, including acquiring and improving habitat. Proceeds from the sale of stamps and prints are designated for the Commission’s Waterfowl Fund. 2022 will be the final year of the Program.
The money is used to help North Carolina meet its financial obligations in implementing the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, the international agreement helping restore waterfowl populations throughout the continent. In addition, funds have been used to support waterfowl research and to buy equipment used to manage wetlands.
About the Artist – Ron Louque
Since the beginning of his art career in 1974, Louque's work has brought him national recognition and awards. These have included the Ward Foundation's World Champion Wildfowl Master title in 1984, American Masters Foundation Recipient in 1978, numerous magazine covers including Ducks Unlimited, Audubon, Louisiana Conservationist, Plow & Hearth and others. He is most revered for His record of 31 State Conservation Stamp Contest wins, and his crowning achievement of winning the 2002 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest, for the 2003 Federal Duck Stamp. Ron entered the federal contest for the first time in 1973 and had placed in the top finalists many times before winning first place in 2002, thus fulfilling his life's dream.
Over the past 47 years, Louque has exhibited his paintings in 88 cities in the U.S. and has issued 86 print editions, selling a total of over 106,000 prints. He is also a conservation-minded person, and is thankful to the many organizations across the U.S. that have worked to preserve our natural resources over the past 100 years. He states, "Preserving our God given environment and our wildlife resources is vital to our quality of life on this planet. We can no longer take these gifts of nature for granted".
Ron Louque is inspired by the beauty of nature and so he paints it with fidelity in honor of the Almighty Creator. "To portray with paint and canvas the Lord's magnificent creation is a privilege that I do not take lightly. I am in a constant state of awe and wonder as I observe the power, beauty, majesty and diversity of life forms and habitats of the planet earth".
About N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Since 1947, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state's fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit www.ncwildlife.org.
About the Prints Acid-free paper and special fade-resistant inks have been used to produce all editions of the 2022 North Carolina waterfowl conservation stamp print. The various editions available include:
- 5,020 Regular Edition (signed and numbered) Prints
- 150 Artist Proof Edition Prints
- 250 Conservation Edition Prints