The love of nature and a skill in art run deep in the Grimm family. Elyria native Adam Grimm and his daughter Madison, age 7, each took first place in the 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Contests for their age categories and have both received the honor of having their paintings appear on this year’s duck stamps.
The Federal Duck Stamp Contest is nothing new to professional wildlife artist Adam Grimm. His 1999 contest-winning painting for the special 2000 Millennial Federal Duck Stamp kicked off his professional painting career at age 21 and also made him the youngest person to have ever won the federal contest.
Grimm takes the competition very seriously. Although there is no monetary prize for winning, the prestige and notoriety associated with the contest can provide a plethora of career opportunities for the wildlife artist, enough to justify the months of work that can go into creating a painting worthy of entering.