Richard Clifton – Wildlife
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 being one of his favorite subjects, he has gone on to paint 51 duck stamps from various states, including the 1996 Australian Duck Stamp and the 2007-2008 Federal Duck Stamp. He has also been commissioned to paint the 2015 and 2016 South Carolina duck stamp. His recent wins are 2017 Oregon and Nevada, and most recently the Delaware duck stamp for 2019.
Most recently, Richard won the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp Contest for 2021-2022 with his painting Drake Lesser Scaup.
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, to name a few.
His work has appeared on magazine covers, tee-shirts and a beer stein for Coors brewing company. It has been engraved on shotguns for Ducks Unlimited, and other related products. Richard’s work has been chosen several times for the D.U. National Art Package. Also, he was named 2015 D.U. Artist of the Year and again for 2018. He has appeared on “D.U. TV” in an episode about his Wildlife Art, Conservation efforts and Waterfowl hunting on his farm.
He is a casual birder and an avid hunter of waterfowl, deer and upland game and uses his experiences in the field as inspiration for his work