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Dave Constantine Photo with Merriams Turkey


    David Constantine, a lifelong native of Wisconsin, has emerged as one of America's most respected wildlife artists.

    A lifelong resident of the Durand/Eau Claire area, Dave, his wife, Nancy, and two sons, Aaron and Adam, live in a secluded hand-hewn log home in the heart of the Chippewa River Valley. The home serves as his studio and the Chippewa River Valley as his classroom for his wildlife research.

    This self-taught artist has depended upon his own God-given talent, experiences and background as the foundation for the development of his work.

    Dave has been sketching and studying wildlife since the age of 6. His professional career started as a freelance illustrator for various magazines and books in the mid-70's. In 1978, he published his first limited-edition print which gained him respect as a talented wildlife artist.

    Whether it's design, illustrations, original oil or acrylic paintings, or highly-detailed wood sculptures, his work is appreciated by a worldwide circle of wildlife art enthusiasts and collectors


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    Professional Credentials

    • Minnesota Wildlife Heritage Show, 1987-1988
      One of only two Wisconsin artists invited to show.

    • Collector Society Show, 1985
      Juried show - National - Minneapolis, MN

    • Midwest Wildlife and Western Art Show, 1988
      Juried show - National - Minneapolis, MN

    • TV13 Outdoors Feature, 1985
      Featured artist - television show

    • TV13 Outdoors Feature, 1983
      Featured artist - television show

    • PrimeTime Wisconsin, 1986
      Featured artist - Wisconsin Public Television

    • International Wildlife Expo, 1986
      Juried show - National - Chicago, IL

    • Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, 1987
      Invitation only - Annual

    • Harmon Galleries - Tulsa, OK
      One of four selected artists.

    • Numerous one-man shows - Midwest
      More than 30 to date.

    • One-Man Show, 1987
      Wisconsin 25 year retrospect - works from age 6 on up

    • Wise Nature Center, 1986-1987
      Wisconsin - Invitation only


    Accomplishments

    • Five-time, NWTF Call Maker of the Year

    • Five-time, NWTF Grand National Carving Championships

    • Feature Artist, five television productions

    • Nominated and selected for Wisconsin Academy Review

    • Finalist in every Wisconsin Turkey Stamp since it began

    • Full time Artist/Carver, National Show circuit

    • Featured Artist in "What's New" gallery

    • Second Runner Up, Wisconsin Pheasant Stamp Competition, 1996

    • Named National Wild Turkey Federation Carver of the Year, 1994

    • Over 100 individual 1st place and Best of Show Awards across the country, 1995-Present

    • Winner, Wisconsin Wild Turkey Stamp, 1992

    • Judges Choice, 1st place, woodcarving, Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, 1987

    • Workshop Instructor, sculpture and carving, 1987-Present

    • Best of Show nomination, woodcarving, Minnesota Wildlife Heritage, 1987

    • Mississippi Flyway Artist, Ducks Unlimited, 1986

    • Top finalist in Pennsylvania Waterfowl Stamp Contest, 1985

    • First National Limited Edition print release, 1985


    Conservation & Collections

    • Works have raised in excess of one half million dollars for national and private organizations to date.

    • Original work in over 50 private collections throughout North America.

    • Print collections throughout United States and Canada and one collection in Argentina, South America.



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