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Artist Jack Koonce


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Biography


 
 
Jack was born to a pioneer family who moved to Idaho’s central mountain region in the late 1800’s.  His childhood was steeped in the oral traditions that come from long held roots in a land.  A land that offered a great deal to a child’s fascination and wonder.  From fishing the Salmon River where great salmon runs still made their way inland, to hiking the wilderness and skiing the famous slopes of Mt. Baldy. The activities of the outdoors forged his passion for nature which is now the foundation of his artistic energies. 
Jack graduated from Weber State University in Utah and spent several years teaching art and science before embarking on a full time career as an artist. “We never doubted that it could be done, my spouse Connie and I just pushed forward expecting it to work”. Twenty five years later it is evident that it has worked. Jack has held past memberships in the Society of Animal Artists, Oil Painters of America, and is currently active with the Artists for Conservation groups.  His work has been shown at the C.M. Russell, Thomas Gilcrease, Hiram Blauevelt, Sonoran Desert museums and many others. He has won numerous awards including the Art for the Parks migratory bird award, and recently two seperate purchase awards at the “Art of the Animal Kingdom” exhibition , Bennington Center for the Arts, VT. His work has been published in Southwest Art “Prize of Humanity” Wildlife Art “Life in the Balance” and Cowboy and Indian magazines.
 
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