|A Young Boy's Passion For Nature
Leads To Fame
|Ron Louque was born in New Orleans, LA, and now lives in Charlottesville, VA. While growing up in
south Louisiana, he was introduced to the beauties of nature through hunting and fishing, and by age nine
he was enrolled in a taxidermy correspondence course. This art-form became a passion for the young
outdoorsman, and it soon led him deeper into the world of birds and animals that inhabited the swamps of
his bayou homeland. While mounting hundred's of specimens during his teenage years, Louque's interest
in the natural world deepened, and eventually lead him to his formal study of nature. He entered Louisiana
State University as a forestry/wildlife major in 1970, but he soon switched to zoology and ornithology, a
curriculum more suited to his interest....Birds.
Louque's introduction to art came in 1972 through the curator of the L.S.U. Museum of Natural History,
P. Ambrose Daigre. Later he was introduced to two artist-ornithologists, John O'Neill and Douglas Pratt,
who were zoology graduate students as well as proficient bird painters. From them he learned the important
techniques of bird illustration which have led him to his current status as a world champion waterfowl stamp
artist. Later he met the internationally acclaimed Russian-German realist artist, Adolf Sehring, who was
instrumental in helping him to understand the importance of light and composition in his paintings. The
renowned Texas artist, Dalhart Windberg, has warmly praised Louque for his proficiency as seen in the
refined technique of his paintings.
In 1973 Louque spent three months camping in the remote areas of the Peruvian Andes with
ornithologist-artist John O'Neill during a field research expedition for the LSU Museum of Natural History.
While there, the team collected and preserved over fifteen hundred specimens, including one that was new to
science, a tanager found near the 8,000 foot elevation on the eastern slopes of the cloud forest.
In 1974 Louque began his career as a professional artist. He was immediately seen as the new "Audubon",
French-Cajun style, and his early work reflected that influence. His paintings, combining anatomical accuracy
as well as sheer beauty, led to his becoming one of the top five duck and conservation stamp artists in the
nation by the late 1980's.
Moving to Virginia in 1983, Louque began to paint the landscapes and wildlife habitats of the Mid-Atlantic
and Blue Ridge Mountains. He has developed his multifaceted artistic style over the past 40 years to include
not only Audubon-like bird and mammal paintings, but also European inspired landscapes, figurative
portraits and still lives, a versatility that is difficult to achieve.
Since the beginning of his art career in 1974, Louque's work has brought him national recognition and
awards. These have included the Ward Foundation's World Champion Wildfowl Master title in 1984,
American Masters Foundation Recipient in 1978, numerous magazine covers including Ducks
Unlimited, Audubon, Louisiana Conservationist, Plow & Hearth, and others. He is most revered for his
record of 29 State Conservation Stamp designs, and his crowning achievement of winning the 2002
Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. Ron entered the federal contest for the first time in 1973 and had
placed in the top finalists many times before winning first place in 2002.
Over the past forty years, Louque has exhibited his paintings in 88 cities in the U.S. and has issued 86
limited edition prints selling over 106,000 prints. He is also a conservation-minded person, and is thankful
to the many organizations across the U.S. that have worked to preserve our natural resources over the past
100 years. His stamp paintings have helped in raising millions of dollars for conservation. He states:
"Preserving our God given environment and our wildlife resources is vital to our quality of life on this
planet. We can no longer take these gifts of nature for granted".
Ron Louque is inspired by the beauty of nature and so he paints it with fidelity in honor of the Creator.
"To portray with paint and canvas this magnificent creation is a privilege that I do not take lightly. I am
in a constant state of awe and wonder as I observe the power, beauty, majesty and diversity of life forms
and habitats of the earth".