Ron Louque
Artist Naturalist
A Young Boy's Passion For Nature
Leads To Fame
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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   
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".