David Hagerbaumer – Artist

David Hagerbaumer was one of the most celebrated wildlife artists in America, best known for his captivating paintings of waterfowl and upland game.  Among duck hunters he is legendary, having hunted waterfowl for three quarters of a century.  He was one of few men to have hunted with live decoys.  He was also known for his custom blocks which have set a high standard for working decoys.

Along with his career as a painter, David Hagerbaumer was a fine writer, entertaining sportsmen everywhere with his vivid accounts of hunting adventures.  His most recent book was “Fifty Years of Waterfowling’, which became a treasured classic.  David had most recently resided in Conway, Washington.  This watercolor painting was created for and given to Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve for their use.  It shows brant geese in Padilla Bay.

From the fly leaf of ‘THE ART OF A SPORTING LIFE, The Wildlife Art of David Hagerbaumer’ by John Orrelle, published by Skagit River Publishing, LaConner, WA.