Clark Schreibeis - Biography
Having had an interest in wildlife as long as he can remember, Clark Schreibeis (pronounced SHRY-bise) first carving was of a whale from a bar of soap at age 9. Unknown to him, this first crude attempt at sculpture would eventually lead to a career in wildlife art.
After finishing school, Clark worked in construction and spent his spare time in Montana's wild places fishing, hunting and studying the wildlife that he loved. Clark's desire to pursue wildlife art as a career was inspired in 1980 during a four-month canoe trip on some of the wildest rivers above the Arctic Circle in Northwest Alaska. He and a friend floated, lined and portaged their canoe over 600 miles through the Brooks Range while fishing for char, salmon, and grayling as well as photographing caribou, moose, and grizzly bear. The awesome beauty of the fish and wildlife coupled with his lifelong love for the outdoors convinced Clark that he had to somehow carve out a career that revolved around the outdoors.
In 1981, Clark opened his studio in Billings, Montana and began mounting fish and birds for area sportsmen. He soon gained a reputation for his lifelike fish and bird mounts and quickly became one of the West's premier taxidermists. He began entering taxidermy competitions in 1985 and soon accumulated a long list of Best of Shows, Best of Categories, and numerous special awards.
Clark has spent hundreds of hours studying fish anatomy, color, habitat, as well as artistic composition and design. His training in these disciplines rekindled his desire to sculpt and he began to do carvings in wood depicting fish in their natural habitat.
Clark's first attempt at wood sculpture was a carved brown trout that won Best of Show at a taxidermy competition. A golden trout was his next subject which won Best of Show at the World Freshwater Fish Carving Championships in Traverse City, Michigan. Demonstrating his commitment to perfecting his artistic skills, he continues to win top honors at regional, national and world competitions
In 1995, 1997, 1999, 2007 and 2013 Clark won "Best in World" Fish Carving at the World Fish Carving Championships making him the only carver to ever win three consecutive World Fish Carving Championships and Judge`s Choice Best of Show five times."
In addition, he is the only carver to ever win "Best in World" (Best of Show) in three different divisions - decorative life size saltwater, decorative life size freshwater and natural finish fish. In 2001 and again in 2004, Clark has been making his presence known in the competitive world of bird carving by earning the award "2nd in the World" twice at the World Bird Carving Championships.
Clark, and his wife Erika, live outside of Billings, Montana and are blessed with three sons, a
daughter and now 7 grandchildren as well. He owns and operates the Clark Schreibeis Wildlife Art
Studio. Clark currently divides his time between sculpting in wood and bronze, judging wood and taxidermy competitions, as well as teaching carving classes in his studio and around the country.