Awards & Achievements

  • Sep, 2018

    Linda's painting Breath of Fresh Air has won the Animal Award of Excellence at the Oil Painters Western Regional Show in Boulder, CO.

  • Jan, 2018

    Linda Besse has been named the Safari Club International 2018 Artist of the Year. Her painting Stars and Stripes Forever will be auctioned in Las Vegas at the annual 2018 Convention to support SCI, and through them, the efforts of the Safari Club International Foundation.

    The Foundation has been instrumental in the reintroduction of Wood Bison to Alaska; the first time these, the largest of the bison, have been in the wild in the United States in more than 100 years.Their other efforts include 80 wildlife conservation projects in more than 27 countries with animals such as: Markhor, Newfoundland caribou, Desert Bighorn, Lions, Grey Wolves, Black Bears, and Leopards. 

    Linda was named the Safari Club International Foundation 2014 Conservation Artist of the Year and her Woodland Caribou painting titled Outgunned was auctioned to raise funds for their conservation programs. In 2016 she also donated her painting titled Wood Bison - A Reintroduction  to SCIF recognizing their successful efforts.

  • Jan, 2017

    Linda Besse named the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 2017 Artist of the Year.

  • Jan, 2017

    Linda Besse is awarded Signature member status in the prestigous Oil Painters of America group. Through jurying of her new work and her acceptance into numerous highly competitive National and Regional juried membership shows, she joins the top members of OPA.

    Linda was since asked to jury the 2017 Western Regional OPA show at the Illume Gallery in St. George, Utah.

  • Aug, 2016

    Linda's painting Just Above Freezing is awarded 3rd place in the Animal/wildlife Category of the Annual Artist Magazine competition. Some years there are more than 9000 entries in the competition.

  • Jan, 2014

    From her conservation efforts, Linda Besse is named the 2014 Safari Club International Foundation Artist of the Year.

    The SCI Foundation has been involved in 80 wildlife conservation projects in more than 25 countries.