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2018 Artist of the Year
David T. Mayack

New York State 4-H Shooting Sports is proud to recognize David T. Mayack, Ph. D., as their 2018 Artist of the Year! 

Artist of the Year 2018 - David T. Mayack

Dave began working in transparent watercolor upon retirement as a Research Ecologist with the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  His interest in art started at an early age.  Dave’s father, an academically trained artist, served as a mentor in understanding the principles of design and composition.  Dave’s interests in game bird hunting, dog training and fly fishing, along with his extensive academic training, further influenced his work in presenting landscape from an ecological perspective. Consequently, Dave’s landscapes often address unique ecosystems not found in the repertoire of other painters.

Three exceptional original watercolors by the Artist of the Year, David T. Mayack, will be featured in the Live Auction portion of the 19th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event at Towers Hall, Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center, in Lake George, NY on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Setting Up Cans - original watercolor by David T. Mayack

Setting up for Cans, 12 x 18” Original Watercolor by David T. Mayack (above) will be presented at auction in a 19.5 x 25.5” Oil Finished Black Cherry Frame designed and handcrafted by the Artist.  Includes acid free archival matting and UV protective glass.

Quote IconWaterfowlers seek out Canvas-back because of its rarity, size and table quality. A late-season migrant, Cans appear on big water during almost intolerably cold weather. This trophy will exact a price. Frozen fingers, feet gone numb, soaking mist and freezing spray must be endured in this pursuit. ~ David T. Mayack

Pitcher Plant Bog - original watercolor by David T. Mayack

Pitcher Plant Bog, Middle Saranac Lake – 12 x 18” Original Watercolor by David T. Mayack (above) will be presented at auction in a 19.5 x 25.5” Oil Finished Walnut Frame designed and handcrafted by the Artist.  Includes acid free archival matting and UV protective glass.

Quote IconTrapped between Adirondack mountains and lakes are bogs - dystopian ecosystems where plants eat instead of being eaten. Acid-producing sphagnum moss dominates with acid-tolerant black spruce grabbing a toe hold on bog margins while an occasional red spruce defends a rare hummock of dry land.  Pitcher plants, bladderworts, and sundews do not derive nutrition from soil, water or air but from insects captured in bizarre, fiendish ways in this twilight zone world. 
~ David T. Mayack

Flowed Lands - original watercolor by David T. Mayack

Flowed Lands, 12 x 18” Original Watercolor by David T. Mayack (above) will be presented at auction in a 19.5 x 25.5” Oil Finished Yellow Birch Frame designed and handcrafted by the Artist.  Includes acid free archival matting and UV protective glass.

Quote IconFlows, created by damming gently flowing streams, have been abandoned by human loggers for floating logs to mills for over a century.Now, flowed lands are maintained by beaver, the current resident loggers. ~ David T. Mayack

 

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