Artist: John D. Dawson
Art director: Ethel Kessler
First day of issue: March 29, 2000
Gouache on paper
Since 1999, John D. Dawson’s paintings for the Nature of America series have dazzled the public with their ambitious depictions of American ecosystems. When Dawson begins preliminary sketches for each new issuance, he faces a design challenge that many of his colleagues do not: The entire painting must work as a wide view, but each stamp must be beautiful when used alone on an envelope as well.
Dawson's artwork as the final stamps: