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Conference Artists

Angela Lorenzen

Angela is a “self-taught” artist with an academic and professional background in the sciences. She earned a Ph.D. in biology and was employed by the Canadian federal government for several years as an avian and environmental toxicologist while continuing to pursue her interest in painting.

Using a vivid high realism style, her paintings depict animals, objects, and landscapes observed and photographed by the artist throughout Canada. Birds and landscapes of the Long Point area throughout the seasons are the current focus of her work. Angela’s paintings have been exhibited at a number of art shows and sold both privately and in commercial galleries. Angela created the original painting of the Long-tailed Duck and designed the logo for NADS 5. More of Angela Lorenzen's art can be viewed on her website.

Richard Davis 

Richard (Rick) Davis' life-long passion and fascination with wildlife and birds, particularly waterfowl, is skillfully and artistically revealed through his chosen media, taxidermy. Rick is a highly accomplished taxidermist having earned Award of Excellence status by winning all major taxidermy competitions in Canada, plus he is actively involved in his profession by serving as past-president and a past-board member for the Canadian Taxidermy Association and is currently on the board of directors for Quebec Taxidermy Association. Rick’s passion for waterfowl also resulted in a job offer from a local hunt club, the Long Point Company, where he “punted” (guided) members for many years. His affiliation with the Long Point Company resulted in his first contact with Long Point Waterfowl, when he volunteered his time to help with a scaup research project being conducted in the late 1990s. Since that time, Rick has volunteered considerable time to Long Point Waterfowl by teaching university students how to make study skins and taxidermy mounts, and to the University of Western Ontario by improving their educational specimens. Currently, Rick, in addition to continuing his taxidermy business - Rick Davis Taxidermy - and competing in major competitions, recently has been working part-time with Long Point Waterfowl at the newly-acquired Research and Education Center.

Theodore Smith

Theodore Smith has a passion for life, photography, and the great outdoors. Over the past 12 years he’s combined these loves and grown what started as a hobby into an award winning photography business - Theodore Smith Photography.

Theodore’s dynamic images of people and wildlife have appeared on the pages and covers of the most popular outdoor magazines in North America including: Field & Stream, Outdoor Canada, Outdoor Life, Canadian Geographic, Ontario Out of Doors, Sentier CHASSE-PÊCHE, Cottage Life, Nature Canada, ON Nature, Wildfowl and both of Ducks Unlimited’s magazines in Canada and the U.S.A. His famous picture of a pair of kissing moose is featured in the 2008 Great Ontario Outdoor Adventure Calendar and he has several images appearing in the 2009 calendar. Theodore’s images have also been used commercially for provincial, national and international marketing campaigns. His photography has been featured on the television hunting series, Canada in the Rough.

Theodore is a member of Canon Professional Services. He holds an honours degree from Wilfrid Laurier and a Bachelor of Education from Western. He resides in Bracebridge with his wife, Cara, and their two young children, Kelsey and Jack and a black lab named Shadow.

Joe Kish

Joe and his wife Lorraine have been residents of Long Point, Ontario for the past 13 years. Joe began carving waterfowl in 1989 as a member of the Hamilton Golden Horseshoe Carving Club. In 1991, he enrolled in a formal carving class with world-renowned carver, Glen Ladinberger. The following year he was presented with the "First Place Award in Species" for the Long-tailed Duck (Oldsquaw) drake he entered in the Ward World Championship that took place in Ocean City, Maryland. He has since received numerous ribbons for his skillful carving in competitions, including the Toronto Sportsman Show (Canadian Open), Brantford Waterfowl and Carving Competition, Central Ontario Wildfowl and Carving Competion, and many others. Currently, Joe carves and teaches his skills and techniques to others out of his home-based workshop, "The Old Cut Carving Shop", located on Old Cut Boulevard at Long Point. Joe also is an avid hunter and fisherman and is a punter for The Turkey Point Company (a private hunt club at Long Point) during the waterfowl hunting season.

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