Once Upon A Dream


Scot Storm

As a youngster, Scot Storm discovered his talent for drawing, sketching and design. These skills eventually led him to North Dakota State University where he earned a degree in architecture. While working in this field, Scot’s love of hunting and the outdoors drew him to explore the challenges of wildlife art. In 1987, as a self-taught artist, he entered the Minnesota Duck Stamp contest and place second. Encouraged by the acceptance of his initial work he continued to enter stamp contests and enjoyed his first top award by winning the Indiana Pheasant Stamp competition. Scot’s interest in wildlife art became such a passion, that in 1999, he decided to give up his career in architecture and devote himself full-time to painting. Scot was then able to challenge himself in every aspect of his creations from composition, to lighting, to the accuracy and psychology of color. His paintings of waterfowl, hunting dogs and other animals all reveal his attention to the fine details that breathe life into every image and draw the viewer into a scene. Scot is best known to sportsman across the country for his images of waterfowl, pheasants and dogs in the field. His image graced the 2004-05 Federal Duck Stamp and he has won numerous state conservation stamp contests. His prints have raised thousands of dollars at conservation fund-raising banquets across the country. His most recent honors include Ducks Unlimited 2005 Artist of the Year and Pheasants Forever 2006 Pheasant Fest Featured Artist.

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This is another one I have had in my head for quite a while. A few years ago, I experienced a scene like this while hunting deer in Iowa. Preseason, on trail cameras, we saw a lot a great bucks living on all the farms. Although I didn't see this big buck that is portrayed in the painting, one evening, I had the pheasants feeding in the field when the doe and fawn came out to join them. All I could think of and imagine is a “once in a lifetime” buck would be following them out at any moment. I sat there in the tree stand with great anticipation that a dream could be fulfilled. However, fate had other plans and that dream buck is still in that woods and in my dreams.