About the Federal
Since it’s conception in 1934, the Federal Duck Stamp Program is
one history’s greatest achievement in conservation. Five million
acres of wetland habitat has been purchased for inclusion into the
National Wildlife Refuge System to ensure that this land will he
protected and maintained for generations to come.
98% of every Federal Duck Stamp dollar goes directly into the
Migratory Bird Conservation Fund. Purchasing a Federal Duck Stamp
gives everyone a chance to participate in preserving our National
About the Artist
Sherrie Russel Meline has been a professional artist since the
mid~1970s. She has always been interested in art and her talent has
been apparent and acknowledged since early childhood. Born in
Madison, Wisconsin, Sherrie attended high school in Tokyo Japan. and
in 1972 she graduated with honors in fine art from the University of
Wisconsin, Madison. Her professional career began in San Jose,
California in 1974 when she applied her unique painting style to
laminated wood sculpture.. Although a decoy collector since her
college days, Sherries interest in waterfowl was not expressed in
her work until after she moved to Mount Shasta California in 1980.
Northern California provides an abundant resource of material for
Sherrie’s paintings. She feels that observing and photographing
waterfowl in both their native and captive environment are essential
for establishing proper bird attitudes. The additional use of mounts
and study skins provide the source for the fine feather detail also
evident in Sherrie’s work. The paintings are an acrylic wash
delicately applied layer by layer from a self- mixed palette. All
the colors are mixed from combinations of red, yellow, blue, black
Sherrie and her husband, Kevin, publish and distribute her limited
edition prints nationally through their gallery, Wingbeat of Mt.
Shasta. Sherrie also shows at various art, sport and wildlife art
shows across the Country.
Since 1982, Sherrie has been a member of the Pacific Flyway Decoy
Association and has served on the Board of Directors since 1986.
Ducks Unlimited appointed her as Honorary National Trustee. She is a
life member of California Waterfowl Association, and a major donor
to California Waterfowl Association, Ducks Unlimited National Wild
Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, Quail Unlimited and The Rocky
Mountain Elk Foundation.
Although Sherries Waterfowl have successfully graced the face of
more than 30 State Duck Stamps, this is the first time that her work
was selected for the Federal Duck Stamp. She has competed twelve
times. The annual competition took place at the School of Art in
Memphis, Tennessee and on September 15, 2005, Sherries Ross’ Goose
was selected by a Board of Judges for the 2006-2007 Federal Duck
Stamp.’ “It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of Federal Duck