About the Artist

South Dakota Wildlife Artist Adam Oswald Adam Oswald was born and raised in South Dakota, and spent his youth doing what Dakota boys do - dreaming up excuses to be outside. Neighborhood baseball games, hikes and digging holes in the dirt, but nothing compared to sitting in a tree-stand waiting for deer to make their move, or trudging through a slough anticipating the startling flush of a ring-necked rooster. As he grew older, Adam realized it was not just about the presence of a particular quarry he was after, but the act of being in nature that excited him most. He began to notice and appreciate the behavior of all wild things; birds pulling bugs from the dirt, squirrels leaping from branch to branch, the angle and movement of a tree swaying in the wind and, most importantly, the way light can turn a view from ordinary to unforgettable. Now, if you catch him gazing into the distance, there is a good chance he is daydreaming about those boyhood experiences, but an even better chance he is studying the way shadows and light play off the forest floor, a duck feather or a dilapidated piece of barn wood.
“I don’t just see the way things are, I try to interpret why those things look like they do. Why do particular plants grow in certain areas, why are the animals displaying certain routines, and why do those things change when humans or other animals are around? Painting is an addiction for me, it’s the way I take notes of what I am learning, and it’s a way for me to share my experiences.”
Adam Oswald continues to learn from each brushstroke, and strives to make his art better with each painting.
“The best thing about being an artist, is growth. If every painting came out the same as the last, I would get bored… luckily, I am willing to step out of my comfort zone and do new things, try new techniques and expand my knowledge.”
Adam is a member of, and often a donor to several outdoor and local organizations. He lives in Harrisburg, South Dakota, with his wife, Molly, and four children.

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Top 20

2017 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

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2015 Oklahoma Duck Stamp Contest

8th Place

2015 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

2nd Place

2014 California Duck Stamp Contest

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2014 Oklahoma Duck Stamp Contest

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2013 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

Art for South Dakota

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2012 Idaho State DU Print Contest

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2011 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

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2010 Nevada Duck Stamp Contest

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2010 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

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2005 Nevada Duck Stamp Contest

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2005 Watertown Art Festival

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2002 Florida Duck Stamp Contest

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2002 South Dakota Duck Stamp Contest

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2001 South Dakota Duck Stamp Contest

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2000 SOUTH DAKOTA Duck Stamp Contest