The Art of Mark Schannach

Award-winning wildlife artist from Minnesota with a life-long appreciation of nature uses a combination of natural talent, balsam wood, colored pencils, and passion to illustrate animals and birds creating one-of-a-kind original art pieces.

“I have always had a great love and appreciation of wildlife, especially birds, which inspire most of my work. I took art classes back in high school and later a commercial art course at St. Paul College, which I graduated from, and worked in that field for a number of years.

My artwork is all original and varies from birds to fish and almost anything that walks our forests and fields. My choice of medium is colored pencil used on basswood and butternut pieces. I use acrylic paint for other unique surfaces such as canoe paddles and saw blades. Working out of my St. Paul studio, I first sketch on each surface very lightly and then render it into a beautiful life-like creation. Each piece of art is completed with the application of a finishing glaze. Many of the pieces I create range in size from 5” x 7” up to 16” x 28”. I also do customized commissioned work for customers.”

Mark’s pieces are available for purchase in the National Eagle Center gift store. For inquiries, please email Tiana Lueck at

How do artists help eagles?

Artists who participate in the Artists Helping Eagles exhibit promote environmental awareness, conservation, and education through works of art that are inspired by nature, history, and/or culture.

When did this start?

Since 2013, artists have been encouraged to display their work at the National Eagle Center in gallery spaces, exhibits, and exhibitions.

How can you help?

A portion of the proceeds from artwork sold in the Artists Helping Eagles exhibit benefits the National Eagle Center and on-going care of the eagle ambassadors.

Interested in submitting?

We are always looking for talented artists interested in displaying their artwork in the Artists Helping Eagles exhibit. If you are interested, please email Annette Hedquist at with your contact information, a brief description of your work, and 3-5 artwork examples.