Delavan woman wins DNR Turkey Stamp design contest

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Staff | July 30, 2014

MADISON - Artists from throughout Wisconsin submitted a total of 36 pieces of artwork for the 2015 Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests. Robin Raab submitted the winning turkey and pheasant designs.

Judging for the contest took place July 25. The top three pieces of artwork for each of the three stamp contests will be on display in the Natural Resources Park at the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair. The artists, their families, and members of the public are encouraged to view the artwork and learn more about Wisconsin's wildlife stamp program.

A painting depicting two turkeys in a Wisconsin farmland setting, submitted by Robin Raab of Delavan, took the top prize in the 2015 Wild Turkey Stamp design contest. Raab also took first place in the 2015 Pheasant Stamp design contest with her painting of two pheasant roosters in a field. This is Raab's first time submitting artwork for the wildlife stamp design contests.

While Raab has no formal training in painting, the abundance of natural beauty and animals near her home inspired her to pursue a new way to express her love for art and wildlife, she said.

Many wild turkeys make their home on Raab's property - she used the big toms strutting right outside her window as inspiration for her first place Wild Turkey Stamp entry. She has also been visited by a pheasant rooster for the past three years, and modeled her first place Pheasant Stamp entry after pictures she took of this bird.

Raab particularly admires the work of wildlife artists Robert Bateman and Carl Brenders, and her advice for beginning artists is first and foremost to have fun and understand the work and discipline involved. Raab attributes her success to her passion for wildlife.

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