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Wildlife in their Native Habitat - American West
Kenneth Helgren simply enjoyed painting the beauty of our natural world. The native wildlife of Texas and the North American landscape were the primary subjects of his paintings, but he also enjoyed painting the animals of Africa or historical subjects of the American West for a "change of pace" as he put it.

Born a native Texan on September 11, 1951, Kenny made his home in central Texas in close proximity to the vast coastal plains and the storied Texas Hill Country. Learning to hunt and fish at an early age, he quickly established a love for the outdoors. In his outdoor pursuits, his interest also began to gravitate to nature art and archeology. He began spending time in the field searching for Indian artifacts, which steadily led to a greater appreciation of man's early cultural achievements. The desire to develop a career in the nature art field began to grow, and by high school age, it had become clear to him that this would be his profession.

He first studied art through a correspondence course offered by Famous Artist's Schools of Westport, Connecticut. Following this course, he was completely hooked on the visual arts. This compassion led to a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. He has enjoyed a 25-year career employed as an artist and educator for several state agencies.

His first art award was received at the annual student show at the The University of Texas. He then placed in the top 100 designs of the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp competition, and was selected to show his work in the first "Classic Art" show for public broadcasting in Austin. In 1997 he designed the White-winged Dove Stamp for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, and illustrated a manual on Hunter Safety that was published nationally by Outdoor Life. His work was then also selected as one of the ten finalists of the Kansas Wildlife Art Series Competition. Additionally, judging in the Oregon Upland Game Bird Stamp competition placed his work in the top five finalists in 1998 and 2004. His work went on to receive an "Award of Merit" in the Wyoming Conservation Stamp Art Competition for 2006. In later years, he was one of the Top 100 winners in the inaugural "Paint America" competition, as well as a Mini Top 50 winner in the second annual competition for 2007.

Kenny was a member of the Artists for Conservation group, formerly the Worldwide Nature Artists Group, and his paintings hang in a number of collections throughout the country. He sold his work through several renowned Texas galleries over the years including Austin and J.R. Mooney, as well as by commission.

Kenny passed away on October 13, 2011 at the age of 60, but his works captured so many quiet and beautiful still moments in nature that his art has in itself become a piece of North American history that will resonate in our hearts and minds forever.

Kenny once said of his passion for art: "I hope that my paintings will help preserve on canvas the natural beauty that is, by God's design, so much a part of our natural heritage."

Support for Conservation:
Special Achievements:
  • Mrs. George Bush (First Lady)

  • Family of Red Adair (Oil Well Fighter)

  • State of Texas Gov't Collections

  • Texas A & M University Offices

  • Mr. Carter Kerns - Commissioner - Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

  • The Great Military Map of Texas (2006)
    More about The Great Military Map of Texas
    Illustrated the historical scenes depicted on the map. - A map that depicts significant military events in the shaping of Texas history from 1685 to 1916.
    Published by: The Texas General Land Office
  • Comda Calendars - Wildlife Portraits Edition - 2006 (2005)
    More about Comda Calendars - Wildlife Portraits Edition - 2006
    Month of November - Mallard ducks - 
    Published by: Comda - The Calendar People
  • Hunter's Field Guide (1998)
    illustrated - 
    Published by: Outdoor Life Publishing - Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • Texas White-winged Dove Stamp (1997)
    -Illustrated - 



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