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Pen and Ink Sketches by Bob Hines

American Alligator

ca. 1981

Thanks to Marie Cadieux Hodges of Littleton, Colorado, the Hayes Presidential Center now has original pieces of the late Bob Hines' artwork. Hines spent much of his youth in Fremont, Ohio, where he fished, camped, and hunted along the Sandusky River. It was in Sandusky County that he developed his love of nature. In 1939, Hines was offered the position of staff artist at the Ohio Division of Conservation. His artwork helped educate Ohioans about their environment, over hunting, and pollution.

In 1948, Hines moved to Washington, D. C. where he worked as an artist/illustrator for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. His supervisor was marine biologist Rachel Carson. Her research and publications (Silent Spring) sparked the modern environmental movement. Hines illustrated her second book, The Edge of the Sea. They remained lifelong friends.

Hines created the first series of wildlife U.S. postage stamps. He also successfully managed the Federal Duck Stamp competition, a contest that he had won himself in 1946/1947 with a redhead duck painting.

Hines retired in 1981, but continued to paint and draw. Above is a pen-and-ink sketch of an American alligator, one of many sketches he created for Ms. Hodges' father, Charles Cadieux, friend and colleague of Bob Hines. Mr. Cadieux wrote more than a thousand articles and 11 books. Among them was the 1981 publication, These are the Endangered in which the American alligator and more than a dozen additional sketches donated by Ms. Hodges appear.

In 1991, Bob Hines completed his last commissioned work, the 50th anniversary edition of Rachel Carson's Under the Sea Wind. Hines died in 1994. His work was the subject of a special exhibit at the prestigious Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury, Maryland in 2003. The centennial of his birth was commemorated with an exhibit of his works at the Hayes Center in 2012 . It was created with guidance from John D. Juriga, author of the illustrated biography Bob Hines: National Wildlife Artist.