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Jim Oliver

Jim Oliver, one of Kentucky's most prominent wildlife artists whose work was in great demand during the 1980s and 90s, at a time of intense interest in preserving wildlife and natural habitats.  He is more than just an artist he is a conservationist with a love for nature reflected in the detail and beauty of his work. Born in 1939 in the rural setting of Crab Orchard in Lincoln County, Ky., Oliver's passion for painting and drawing surfaced at a very early age, even before he could read and write. He had an intense love for the natural world and an unquenchable desire to capture it in his art.

His best-known commission was for the Kentucky Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Committee, which garnered him praise for his depiction of American Widgeons, the subject of the 1990 Kentucky Duck Stamp and Print. Articles about him surfaced in Decor, Midwest Artist, and Wildlife Art magazines to name a few and he became an eminent name in wildlife art circles.

Jim Oliver