Our 2019 Featured Artists will be announced later this spring.
Brett James Smith, Featured Painter
If there was ever an artist who captured today’s sporting experience with yesterday’s sense of adventure, it is Brett Smith. Sportsmen nationwide collect his work because it is not only visually exciting but also authentic and brings to bear his intimate knowledge of his sporting experience. Smith’s preferred medium is transparent watercolor or oil paints. The subject usually dictates the medium used. He uses oils for large complex scenes. Watercolors are used when more spontaneous results are desired.
Smith’s paintings hang in some of the most prestigious collections throughout the country. His work has been featured in such publications as Gray’s Sporting Journal, Ducks Unlimited magazine, Sporting Classics, Shooting Sportsman, and Double Gun Journal. He devides his time with his wife Cindy and two children in Covington, Louisiana and Noxon, Montana.
Chris Maynard, Featured Sculptor
Chris Maynard has worked with feathers since he was twelve. His unique feather shadowboxes are recognized by art collectors, bird lovers, and a wide and interesting variety of people from around the world. He only has time to turn a small portion of his ideas, which fill many notebooks, into his shadow box feather designs. His favorite tools are the tiny eye surgery scissors, forceps, and magnifying glasses passed down through his family.
Maynard combines his strong backgrounds in biology and ecology into not only his art, but also a tabletop book and engaging and informative talks on the beauty, function, and meaning of feathers. He is a member of Society of Animal Artists and Artists for Conservation.