Top contemporary wildlife artists include Terry Redlin, Art LaMay, Phillip Crowe, Harold Roe and Jim Killen. Well-known in the 1930s and 1940s, Roland Clark, Richard Bishop and Frank Benson are some of the most notable waterfowl illustrators of all time, according to Ducks Unlimited.
Designated America's Most Popular Artist in yearly gallery surveys orchestrated by "U.S. ART" magazine from 1991 through 1998, Terry Redlin created bright sunrises and sunsets, bountiful pictures of ducks, deer and other wildlife, and he also recreated nostalgic images of Christmas. Within a 17-year period, his work raised more than $28 million for Ducks Unlimited, thus establishing a record in art sales donated to wildlife conservation efforts. Having donated several million dollars to other nonprofit conservation projects, he had an elementary school in the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota named in his honor. Due to his personal struggle with Alzheimer's, he retired from printmaking and painting in 2007.
Like Redlin, Jim Killen is an ardent conservationist and has planted more than 30,000 trees on his property close to Owatonna, Minnesota.
With a bachelor's degree in architecture, Harold Roe graduated cum laude from Ohio State University.
Upon the urging of his mother, Phillip Crowe pursued art at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.