The Wildlife Art of Tom Yacovella
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Magna Cum Laude, Advertising Design, Syracuse University

Studied 5th year under Milton Glaser and Ivan Chermayeff at the School of Visual Arts, NYC

Art Director Albert Frank
Guenther Law, NYC ad agency

In-house designer for Corning Glass, IBM and General Electric

Art Director Creative Services, Vestal, NY

Creative Director “The
Graphorium,” Endicott, NY

VP and Treasurer of CY&R

Owner/designer Tom Yacovella Advertising & Communications in Utica, NY, since 1972

Wildlife artist, writer, educator and
national award-winning designer.

The Artist
National "Art of the Animal Kingdom" selection, Bennington Center for the Arts, 2008

Best of Show, Red Door Gallery (CNYCAC), 2007

First Place, 2006 International Art Competition, "The Artist" magazine
First Place & Gold Medallion, Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors, 2006
International "Birds in Art" selection, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, 2006
Winner/Finalist, 2003 International Art Competition, “The Artist” magazine
Winner, Adirondack National Exhibit of American Watercolors, 2003
People’s Choice Winner, Wildlife Art Exhibit, NYS Fair, 2003

Winner, NY Tri-County Art Show, 2002

Winner, National Rural Life Art Show, 2001

Winner, Adirondack National Exhibit of American Watercolors, 2000
Winner, Wildlife Art Exhibit, 1999 NYS Fair


The Wildlife Experience, Parker, Colorado
Lindsay Wildlife Musuem, Walnut Creek, California

R.W. Norton Gallery, Shreveport, Louisiana

One-man show exhibits at Gannett Gallery at SUNY, NY; Rome Art & Community Center;
Cogar Gallery at HCCC, Herkimer NY; 
Rosenau Gallery/Art Center, Old Forge, NY
Created receiver plate illustration for the Remington Limited Edition Diamond Anniversary Model Four rifle
Illustrated Kutmaster’s limited edition Adirondack series lockback knives
Member Central New York Watercolor Society
Member of Board of Directors, Dodge Pratt - Northern Art Center

The Outdoorsman
Featured on ESPN's "True Outdoor Adventures", 2002
Popular speaker at outdoor seminars and programs such as 4-H conservation Education Days, schools and service clubs
Author of the guide books “The Art of Camouflage” and “Wild Turkey Guide”
Writer/contributor for top turkey publications
Author of “The Fall,” a first-person account of a disastrous fall from a tree stand published in Outdoor Life October ‘98; with sidebar on tree stand safety.
Director of the Annual Tom Yacovella Wild Turkey calling contest for the Central NY Outdoor Show
Co-founder and treasurer of Adirondack WildTurkey Unlimited
Member of Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame

Artist Statement

I have been a devoted student of the outdoors for 50 years. My burning desire to portray wildlife accurately had led me to consistently explore nature’s delicate underbelly. I return to the wilderness often; to see it, smell it, taste it, sweat in its days and freeze in its nights. Only then can I discover a strong sense of what belongs and what does not belong in nature.

I have observed animals from camouflaged tree stands, on snowshoes, on horseback and by canoe. Through these many efforts I have been rewarded with the privilege of witnessing the beautiful relationships that exist in the natural world. My subjects’ moods and postures range from natural wariness to the intimate moments of courting and parenting.

This is the nature I wish to explore and paint before man covers it up with cement.

Tom Yacovella

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