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.