Richard Clifton was born in Delaware in 1961. He lives on a historic family farm adjoining the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, where he is surrounded by inspiration for his art. He is a self-taught wildlife artist who has chosen acrylics as his medium.
Waterfowl is one of his favorite subjects, leading him to paint 51 duck stamps from various states,including the 1996 Australian Duck Stamp, and the 2007-2008 Federal Duck Stamp. His latest wins are the 2017-18 Louisiana, Oregon, North Carolina and Nevada State duck stamps.
Richard's work has been displayed in many of the top wildlife art shows throughout the country, including the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition and the Easton Waterfowl Festival.
His work has also appeared on magazine covers, T-shirts, a beer stein for Coors brewing company, and engraved on shotguns for Ducks Unlimited, and other related products. Richard's art has been chosen several times for the D.U. National Art Package, and was named 2015 and 2018 Artist of the Year. He recently appeared on "D.U. TV" in an episode about his wildlife art, conservation efforts, and waterfowl hunting on his farm.
A casual birder and an avid hunter of waterfowl, deer and upland game, Richard uses his experiences in the field as inspiration for his work.
Wildlife Artist Richard Clifton