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Jim H. Killen

Jim H. Killen

"I feel fortunate to love what I do every day and hope to bring a sense of joy or
recapture a cherished memory for the people who view my art...
for this I truly feel blessed by God"

Jim Killen has collected a wealth of outdoor memories to draw from in his journey
to a successful career in wildlife art. Born and raised in Minnesota, the legacy of his
childhood where pheasant fields and prairie potholes were abundant, inspired him to
strive to preserve these gifts of nature for future generations.

The Killen's home is situated in a wooded area. His third story studio looks out over
the 200 acres he has developed into a wildlife management area...focusing on
waterfowl, pheasant, wild turkey and deer habitats. He has also planted over 20,000
trees to perpetuate the forest like setting.

Jim has always enjoyed the companionship of sporting dogs to share in his outdoor
experiences. His affection for their spirit and loyalty is readily seen in the intimate dog
portraits that have earned Jim the reputation as one of the greatest dog artists in the world.

A dedicated conservationist as well as an avid sportsman, Jim brings his experience and
commitment to wildlife and conservation organizations with his remarkable gift of painting.
His artwork has earned international honors and generated millions of dollars for
Ducks Unlimited International, Pheasants Forever, Quail Unlimited,
The Wild Turkey Federation and numerous state conservation programs.

Jim Killen's artwork is in great demand...whether the subject is waterfowl, upland game,
wild turkey or your favorite dog... it appeals to Americans nationwide! The quality and
distinctive style of his painting is reflected in the numerous honors and awards he has
received. More than fifteen states have selected Killen's art for their duck stamp.

A selection of these awards are:

  • 1980 - Minnesota Conservation Award
  • 1983 - South Carolina Duck Stamp
  • 1984 - National Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year
    Pennsylvania Duck Stamp
    North Carolina Duck Stamp
  • 1985 - Minnesota Pheasant Stamp
  • 1986 - First of State Vermont Duck Stamp
    A Four Year Series- "The Four Seasons of Vermont"
    Georgia Duck Stamp
  • 1987 - National Wild Turkey Stamp
    Quail Unlimited Grand Slam Print
    Southeastern Wildlife Expo Artist of the Year
  • 1988 - Idaho Duck Stamp
    South Carolina Duck Stamp
    Quail Unlimited
  • 1991 - South Carolina Duck Stamp
  • 1993 - International Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year
    First of State Illinois Habitat Stamp-First in "The Four Seasons of Illinois"
  • 1995 - Kentucky Duck Stamp
    North Carolina Duck Stamp
  • 1997 - National Wild Turkey "Target 2000" Print-First in a Four Year Series
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