George LaVanish

Artist Statement

George LaVanish has illustrated stories and covers for many national and regional magazines, including “PA Game News” and “PA Angler.”  He has designed stamps for state and national organizations.  To date George has illustrated ten outdoor books.

He painted the PA Trout Unlimited Series which featured a Presidential Edition signed by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.  In addition, George did the First Mid-Atlantic Audubon Society Print entitled “Autumn Blue.”  He was the National Whitetails Unlimited “Artist of the Year” and has done paintings for The National Wildlife Federation.  George painted the 1999 PA Trout Stamp featuring the PA Fish & Boat Commission’s railcar used in the late 1800’s for fish stocking. George is working on the PA Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Print and Patch Series.  This 5 year program will feature Pennsylvania’s elk herd.  He also produces the PA Trout Stamp Program and the PA Game Fish Series.

His painting “Triple Trophy” commemorates a Pennsylvania award program, which ended in 1972.  The painting includes a black bear, wild turkey and whitetail buck.  The image is also included on collector stamps and patches.

Currently, George is painting the “Safari Club International Collection.”  An on-going series of paintings and collector patches featuring wildlife from around the world.  The first in the series “Cape Buffalo” is available as a limited edition of only 250 prints and limited to just 50 canvas giclees. Recently, George won the 2011 Delaware Duck Stamp Contest. His work was also exhibited at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.  More than 60 original paintings and prints were on display.

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