Known as one of the country’s premier wildlife artists, Jeff Tift has won many awards for his paintings, including “Best of Show” at the prestigious Pac-Rim Wildlife Art Show and a “People’s Choice” award at the Milwaukee Sports Show, and “Best of Show – other media” at the Thirteenth Annual Northwest Territorial Art Show.
Surrounded by the Cascade Mountain Range, Jeff Tift grew up in the small country town of Cashmere, WA. An avid hiker, skier, canoeist, and all-around outdoorsman from an early age, he spent every available moment hiking and backpacking in the Cascades.
Jeff’s paintings visibly express a love and admiration for the mountains, high lakes, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest, often depicting the experience of sharing nature and the wild with animals.
“I believe getting out into the wild is the most important part of being a wildlife artist. What motivates me to paint is the preservation of nature and wildlife.”
Jeff’s background landscapes are areas he has personally visited and are painted with great attention to detail; a single painting may take up to six weeks to complete.