David Maass

b. 1929



Rochester, Minnesota


Wildlife-waterfowl, illustrator

David Maass, essentially a self-taught wildlife illustrator, was born on November 27, 1929 in Rochester, Minnesota. As a youngster, there was a tradition of hunting in his family.

Maass spent two years in the Marines in California, where he became friends with another wildlife painter, David Hagerbaumer, receiving pointers from him.

Maass has won thirty-three duck and conservation stamp competitions, including two of the coveted Federal Duck Stamp Contests, one of them in 1974, when he was also chosen Artist of the Year by Ducks Unlimited. He has been named Artist of the Year and feature artist by many other exhibitions and conservation organizations, including the National Wild Turkey Federation and the National Wildlife Art Collectors Society.