For anyone who has followed bird art produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the name Bob Hines should be familiar.
Robert W. (Bob) Hines (1912-1994) was born in Columbus, Ohio, and though he had no formal training in art or in wildlife science, by the age of twenty-seven he was working as staff artist with the Ohio Division of Wildlife, and he accepted a similar position with the USFWS. He illustrated many works for the USFWS, including Ducks at a Distance, Migration of Birds, Fifty Birds of Town and City, Wildlife Portrait Series (including Song Birds and Alaska). His illustrations were also used in such works as Wildlife in America by Peter Matthiessen, and in Rachel Carson’s Under the Sea Wind and The Edge of the Sea. In fact, he was a good friend of Carson’s throughout her life.
Hines was also known for designing the 1946 Federal Duck Stamp and managing the competition for over thirty years, earning him the nickname of “Mr. Duck Stamp Contest.”
Beaver’s Pond Press has just released the new Bob Hines: National Wildlife Artist by John D. Juriga, MD. Juriga was guest curator for two major exhibits at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury, Maryland: “Witness for Nature: The World of Rachel Carson” (1999), and “Bob Hines: National Wildlife Artist” (2003). In 2009, the Heritage Committee of the USFWS presented its Heritage Award to Dr. Juriga for his scholarship on Bob Hines.
Rachel Carson biographer Linda Lear says, “Bob Hines was one of the best wildlife artists of the twentieth century. In elegant prose and with discerning compassion, John Juriga has rescued him from the obscurity of federal employment. . . . Hines’s public and private works deserve to stand on their own as noteworthy contributions to the incipient environmental movement. Juriga has revealed the man and his uncommon gifts. This book is an important treasure.”