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Wilhelm J. Goebel


2005-2006 Maryland Duck Stamp and Print
by W.J. Goebel

Born in 1960 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Goebel is a nationally recognized wildlife artist. A graduate of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York with a degree in biology, he has made a lifetime study of bird anatomy and has made field trips throughout Canada, the U.S. and the West Indies in the pursuit of wildlife study.

Goebel's paintings have been featured in many publications including Outdoor Life, National Wildlife, Birdwatcher's Digest, Sporting Classics and Wildlife Art magazine, to name a few. His work is displayed in numerous galleries and museums in the United States and Canada including the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the Bennington Center for the Arts, the U.S. Postal Museum and the National Wildlife Federation. His paintings can also be found in many private collections across the country.

Goebel's philanthropy, through his art work, has benefited organizations such as Ducks Unlimited and The National Wild Turkey Federation, and Goebel is a member of the Society of Animal Artists.

Goebel's artistic accomplishments are numerous; he was chosen as the 2004 National Wild Turkey Federation Stamp Artist of the Year, 2002 National Wild Turkey Federation Artist of the Year, the Grand National Waterfowl Association 2002 Artist of the Year, and in 1995 won wildlife art's most prestigious award, the Federal Duck Stamp contest. His entry entitled "Surf Scoters at Barnegat Lighthouse" graced the 1996-97 Federal Duck Stamp. He has also designed numerous state duck stamps for Alaska, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota and Virginia.