This edition of Ducks at a Distance is dedicated to the memory of Robert W. Hines (1912-94), the internationally renowned wildife artist whose paintings appear in this book.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Bob Hines had virtually no formal training in art or in wildlife science, yet by the age of twenty-seven he was working as staff artist with the Ohio Division of Wildlife, and in 1947 he accepted a similar position with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Rachel Carson was Bob's first supervisor in Washington, D. C., and he illistrated her second book, The Edge of the Sea. Over the years his work appeared in many government-published books, pamphlets and posters and in national magazines such as Sports Afield and The New Yorker.
Bob loved the outdoors, particularly Alaska, and was an avid hunter and fisherman, with deep reverence and appreciation for fish and wildlife. His practiced eye could see incredible details in a sunset or the breast feather of a wild turkey.
Bob Hines was a charming, extraordinarily talented artist. His personal friends included several Secrataries of the Interior, who would occasionally slip into his office to enjoy Bob's company and listen to tales of his outdoor adventures. Bob was a kind and dependable friend to all his coworkers, and his sense of humor and relaxed, modest air belied his tremendous talent. He was recognized by the Department of the Interior with three Meritorious Service Awards and, on his retirement from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Distinguished Service Award.
Bob Hines's works of art will be admired by generations of people yet unborn. He was truly a national treasure.