Storm repeats his top DU artist title
Wildlife artist Scot Storm, of Freeport, Minn., has been named Ducks Unlimited 2014 Artist of the Year.
Storm's painting, "Tranquil Waters," catapulted him into his second Artist of the Year title for DU.
A full-time wildlife artist since 1999, he won the 2004-'05 federal duck stamp contest and was also named DU's Artist of the Year in 2005.
"That painting actually came from a pond on our homestead," Storm said. "I spend a lot of time out there taking photographs with my friend, Tom Martin, especially in the spring. We had some cool morning sun coming through, which created the glow reflecting off the ducks."
Storm's passion for waterfowl stretches far beyond his canvas. For the past seven years, he and his brother have mentored young hunters, coordinating waterfowl hunting trips to North Dakota.
DU's art program has raised more than $300 million for the organization's wetlands conservation mission over 40 years.
"Scot's commitment to passing on the waterfowling heritage is rivaled only by his ability as an artist," said Jane Lawson, DU's art-merchandise marketing manager.