Artist and naturalist Joseph Thornbrugh became interested in both art and nature during
his childhood in Montana. He has observed, sketched and painted the flora and fauna of
western Montana since his teens.
Working a s a full-time artists since 1975, his work has gained national recognition and
Exhibitions of his work have been held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural
History, Los angeles, CA, the National Wildlife Federation Headquarters, Vienna,
Vorginis, The Museum of Native American Cultures, Spokane, WA, The Charles and
Emma Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WAS, The 1979, 1980, 1982, Birds In Art Exhibits,
The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI, The Cleveland Museum of
Natural History, Cleveland, OH, the Montana Governor's Mansion, Helena, MT, and
the Smithsonian Institute's National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.
In 1986 Joseph designed Montana's First of State Waterfowl Stamp. Stamp and print
sales generated over $350,000 for waterfowl projects in Montana. He also designed the
1990, 1991, 1997, 1998, and 2000 Stamps.
In 1987 he illustrated "Montana Birds of Prey" for the Montana Department of Fish,
Wildlife and Parks, and "Owls of Montana" in 1990
In 1991, Joseph completed his first collector's plate series, "Baby Owls of North
America" for The Bradford Exchange. His second series, "Backyard Harmony", was
completed in 1992. He has since completed three additional series, "Nature's Nursery",
"Deer Friends at Christmas" and "Signs of Spring".
In 1997 Joseph won the Kansas Wildlife Art Series sponsored by the State of Kansas.
He was selected as Montana Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year 1998, 1999, 2000, and
In 2000 he was honored by the Montana Wildlife Federation with the Don Aldritch
Conservationist of the Year Award.