Appleton City, MO
“Rebekah Knight (formerly Nastav) is a wildlife artist from Appleton City, Missouri whose art career began at the early age of 15 when her painting entitled “Morning Swim” featuring a redhead drake was chosen as the winner of the 2006-2007 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. She was first introduced to the contest through a family friend and local wildlife artist Susan Hearting, who became her art mentor throughout the years and continues to share her artistic insight and travel with Rebekah to the Federal Duck Stamp Contest when possible. The Duck Stamp program has expanded Rebekah’s knowledge and appreciation of waterfowl and wildlife conservation. Since her involvement in conservation stamp art contests, Rebekah’s art has been featured on the 2006-07 Federal Junior Duck Stamp, the 2011 Nevada State Duck Stamp, the 2013 and 2018 National Duck Stamp Collectors Society Stamp, and has placed second in the 2016 Federal Duck Stamp contest. Rebekah is a featured artist in the 2016 film The Million Dollar Duck (which aired on Animal Planet), a suspenseful feature length documentary about the unique world behind the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, directed and produced by Brian Golden Davis.”
“Although most of her earlier works are done in acrylic and feature waterfowl, Rebekah’s work is quickly expanding over a broad spectrum of wildlife and other animals, and she has since transitioned to oils. Her time spent studying and sketching the world’s fauna has fueled a strong appreciation for nature and has inspired her to travel and photograph wildlife whenever given the chance. She has recently been to Kenya with world-renowned wildlife artist Jan Martin McGuire and a group of other artists to visit the Ol Pejeta Conservancy–the home of Sudan, the world’s last remaining Northern White Rhino who passed away in March 2018–in hopes of gaining the inspiration to produce artwork with intentions of raising money for the conservancy. She was able to see Sudan before he passed and spent time sketching and observing the two remaining females as well as an array of other African wildlife, an experience among many that drives her to continue to set her sights on efforts for conservation through art.