Anderson: Winning wildlife artist Hautman has one more brush with fame

Anderson: Winning wildlife artist Hautman has one more brush with fame

The exuberance Joe Hautman feels about recently winning the federal duck stamp contest a record six times is, well, not so palpable.

A relaxed guy, Joe was in his airy Twin Cities home studio the other day. On his easel was a nearly finished painting of a snowy egret, while scattered about the room's perimeter in more-or-less organized fashion were tools of the artist's trade: brushes, paints, books, posters and prints.

Through the room's large windows an autumnal panorama of trees, water and sky revealed itself, while chickadees flitted about a feeder a short distance from the home Joe shares with his wife, Milla.

"We're getting ready to go to North Dakota duck hunting,'' Joe said, "so I'm putting together things for that.''

"We'' in this instance means Joe and his brothers Jim and Bob, the other members of a familial painting trio (hautman.com) that together has won the coveted federal duck stamp competition 15 times, a record that, unless the brothers clone themselves, likely will stand forever.