Who would paddle a canoe 459 miles above the Arctic Circle in remote, untamed Alaska just to see muskox in the wild? Safari Club International’s Artist of the Year, Linda Besse. Continue reading Linda Besse 2018 SCI Artist Of The Year
Linda Besse is an established star in contemporary wildlife art.
Besse isn’t a star because she’s a woman; she is instead among the pack of painters and sculptors at SCI who make the annual Convention a showcase for original collectible fine art. Continue reading Art of the Hunt – Linda Besse
Tucson, Ariz. – The SCI Annual Hunters’ Convention has become one of the largest exhibitions of wildlife art in North America and one of the largest gatherings of wildlife artists. Past conventions have featured renowned wildlife artists, such as Guy Coleach, Gary Swanson, and Lindsay Scott. Current artists include such luminaries as John Banovich, Kobus Moller, Brian Jarvi, Stefano Cecchini, Fred Boyer, Jan Martin McGuire, John Seerey-Lester, Craig Tennant, Kim Donaldson and John Tolmay. Many of these artists operate their own booth while others are represented by galleries. This year nearly 70 works by more than 50 donating artists and galleries will be auctioned off to benefit Safari Club International’s work around the globe.
Each year Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) honors one participating artist by naming them the Conservation Artist of the Year. This year’s honoree is painter Linda Besse. Her oil, “Outgunned”, which features a scene of woodland caribou in Labrador’s Boreal Forest, will be auctioned to benefit conservation of big game in 2014.
“We are excited to have our artists’ amazing artwork featured at the annual Hunters’ Convention,” said SCI Foundation President Joe Hosmer. “It brings recognition to the distinguished artists like Linda, and highlights SCI’s mission of conservation by using the auction proceeds to benefit the Foundation’s conservation work.”
Besse has been exhibiting and selling her artwork at the Annual Hunters’ Convention for more than 10 years. “I am honored to be recognized by the Foundation for my conservation efforts and hope that [the convention] will give my efforts a broader reach,” said Besse.
“While the SCI Annual Hunters’ Convention might seem like an unlikely place to find world renowned art, it is actually a collector’s paradise,” said Hosmer.
Safari Club International members from around the globe will trek to Las Vegas to browse more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space offering the finest in hunting equipment, attend educational seminars and evening auctions, book hunting trips and visit with old friends. This annual event is a true hunter’s paradise, and drew more than 18,000 attendees in 2013.
Join us February 5-8, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada, to celebrate SCI’s 42nd Annual Hunters’ Convention. To make your trip easier, SCI is extending the early-bird registration discount through December 18 and extending phone hours for registration through January 19. SCI’s registration lines will now be answered 6:00 am through 7:00 pm MST and 9:00 am through 3:00 pm MST on the weekends. Don’t miss out on the hunt because you missed out on the Annual Hunters’ Convention.
For more information, to join or register, visit www.showsci.org or call 1-888-746-9724.
SCI Foundation has named Linda Besse as the 2014 Conservation Artist of the Year. Being named Conservation Artist of the Year is about more than just the art; the award recognizes world-renowned artists who also distinguish themselves as leaders in conservation.
Besse is truly “First for Wildlife” and works diligently for conservation through her art and travels. When asked about her involvement in conservation projects Besse said, “The importance of charitable giving is something I grew up with. My love of wildlife and their habitat dovetailed beautifully with conservation projects.”
An unconventional artist, Besse studied geology in college, but did not have the opportunity to pursue it as a career. “My husband and I were in Hawaii, and I saw a guy painting outside. Once home, I bought art supplies and started painting,” said Besse. The discovery of her talent was a natural high when this self-taught painter focused on wildlife. “Ever since I can remember I have loved animals, so painting wildlife was the logical choice. I am always inspired by the animals. Whether it is seeing a lemming or an elephant in its habitat, I get excited,” said Besse.
Most would consider Besse an adventurer. She has traveled the world seeking unique first-hand experiences with wildlife to inspire her artistic abilities. It’s now up to 33 countries, every US state, and all seven continents where Bessie has walked with wildlife. Although she cannot pick a favorite place, what she cherishes most is being “in the moment,” whether it be with wildlife in the bush of Africa, capturing the crisp light breaking on the backs of marine mammals in Antarctica, or the fog-shrouded rolling heather at the hooves of red deer in the Scottish highlands.
Besse is in the process of creating an original painting of woodland caribou, a memory from a frolic through Labrador’s Boreal Forest, for SCI Foundation to auction at the 2014 Hunters’ Convention. “Being surrounded by caribou was intense and inspiring,” remembered Besse as she photographed them. Woodland caribou in the Boreal Forest is not a new issue to SCI Foundation’s conservation efforts; the foundation has worked with the government of Newfoundland and Labrador on a predator-prey study that aims to examine the relationship between woodland caribou calf recruitment and predator management.
Ever modest she said, “I am less concerned with what [the award] does for me. I am hopeful of how it will benefit the conservation work of SCI Foundation.” She continued by saying, “I am honored to be recognized for my past conservation efforts. More importantly, it means the efforts I make will have a broader reach.” Besse hopes that her caribou painting will not only raise funds for conservation, but also bring an awareness of the importance, beauty and distinct wildness of the Boreal Forest.
Follow the progress of Linda Besse’s original caribou piece on the SCI Foundation blog, www.firstforwildlife.wordpress.com, until it is auctioned at the 42nd Annual SCI Hunters’ Convention in Las Vegas. The proceeds will fund SCI Foundation’s ongoing conservation efforts around the world.– Michelle F. Tacconelli