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May 2, 2014

Minnesota Artist Wins Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest

by kking
Winner: Guardian Black Bear by Rebecca Latham of Hastings, MN

Winner: Guardian Black Bear by Rebecca Latham of Hastings, MN

Rebecca Latham of Hastings, Minnesota won the 18th annual Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp Contest with her painting Guardian Black Bear of a black bear standing in a field.

A panel of judges selected Latham’s work before a crowd on April 27 at the 44th Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD.

Latham is a realistic wildlife and nature painter. She works primarily in watercolors and holds memberships in numerous prestigious fine art societies around the world. Rebecca’s artwork and paintings are exhibited in galleries and shows throughout the US and abroad.

Rebecca’s primary goal is to use her work to help the creatures she paints as well as their habitats. She participates in numerous wildlife and habitat conservation fundraising events to increase awareness, and has generated thousands of dollars for wildlife conservation through her work. Her paintings have been featured on several conservation/hunting stamps including the 2010-2011 Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp, the 2003 Minnesota Wild Turkey Stamp and the Manitoba Conservation Stamp. To see more of Rebecca Latham’s work, visit lathamstudios.com.

Proceeds from the sale of the Black Bear Stamps and other related items are used to compensate Maryland farmers experiencing agricultural damage caused by black bears. These proceeds are added to the Black Bear Compensation Fund established by the Maryland General Assembly. To purchase Black Bear Conservation Program items go to shopdnr.com.

Keep up to date with DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service on Facebook and Twitter @MDDNRWildlife.

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