Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
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Artist wins third straight wildlife stamp contest

Staff Writer

Minnetonka, Minn. Wildlife artist David Chapman can do no wrong.
Since last year, he’s been on a roll. He started with a win in the
2005 duck stamp contest, then the 2005 pheasant stamp contest. The
good fortune hasn’t ended. Last week, his painting of two wild
turkeys made him the winner of the 2006 wild turkey stamp
contest.

“To be able to win three in a row like this, it’s something that
just hasn’t happened yet,” said Chapman, who has now won five stamp
contests. He’s now won two wild turkey stamp contests, two pheasant
stamp contests, and one duck stamp contest. He’s the first
Minnesota artist to win three consecutive stamp contests, he
said.

Last fall’s duck stamp win was the most satisfying, Chapman
said, because he hadn’t won it before. But he’s having more fun as
the wins pile up. And an easier time as he learns what paintings
get judged well.

“I spend less time on them now and I don’t get myself all worked
up over it,” Chapman said. “I used to really struggle over them and
spend way too much time and effort. Now, they just come easier for
me.”

He plans to enter the DNR’s fish stamp contest, but will
otherwise take a break from state competitions.

“I’ll throw one together and throw it in there, but I’m
certainly not expecting to win,” said Chapman, who has done just
one fish painting in his life.

He’ll turn most of his energy to federal stamp contests, which
he’s entered a few times during the past 15 years.

“I have never gotten a vote,” Chapman said. “I have come in last
place every year.”

But the federal contests will be key, he said, since he’s
already been so successful in Minnesota.

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