clark schreibeis

Wildlife Artist


Recognized for his birds, mammals and both his fresh and saltwater fish, Clark continues to create one-of-a-kind wood masterpieces for discriminating buyers throughout the country.


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. 

Clark has spent hundreds of hours studying wildlife anatomy, color, habitat, as well as artistic composition and design. His 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.

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. He currently divides his time between sculpting, carving, painting, writing, judging, teaching and seeking out wild places whenever he can. 


"Best in the World" Carving

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 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 in the Interpretive Division. 

Master Carver, Clark Schreibeis, of Billings Montana produces some of the finest decorative (painted) fish, bird and wildlife carvings available. In addition, Clark has several limited edition wildlife bronze sculptures available. Recognized for his birds, mammals and both his fresh and saltwater fish, as well as natural finish (interpretive) sculptures, he continues to create one of a kind wood masterpieces for discriminating buyers throughout the country.


—  Publications  —

Big Sky Journal Magazine 
Carving Out a Niche: Wildlife Sculptor Clark Schreibeis makes his mark in world championship art shows
Arts 2008 issue, Volume XV, No. 4, pages 76 ñ 80.  
Bozeman, Montana

Magic City Magazine
Introducing Clark Schreibeis, Wood Carver Extraordinaire
Summer 2008, Volume 6, Issue 5, page 93

Breakthrough Magazine
The Breakthrough Gallery: Best in World Fish Carving Winners
Issue 88, Fall 2007, page 2 and 10
1 (800) 783-7266 Hammond, Louisiana

Sporting Classics Magazine
A Salute to Sculpture
Featuring some of America`s most acclaimed sculptors and carvers
Sept. - Oct. 2006  p. 176

Wildfowl Carving, Competition 2004
Great Blue Heron Bust, The Old Pro  
p. 45, Annual 2005
East Petersburg, PA 

Wood Carving Illustrated: Painting and Finishing Guide 
Rainbow Trout Eye Paint Schedule
Early Fall 2004 Vol. 8 No. 3 p.38
(East Petersburg, PA) 

The Art of Stylized Wood Carving
"Gallery of Stylized Carvings": Clark Schreibeis (p.18)
By Charles Solomon and David Hamilton  2003
Fox Chapel Publishing Co. East Petersburg, PA  

Wildfowl Art Magazine - Journal of the Ward Museum
Fish Carving Competition - 2000 Ward Show Winners
Spring/Summer 2000 p. 13 (Salisbury, MD)

Wildfowl Art Magazine - Journal of the Ward Museum
Fish Carving's First Year a Success
(1998 Ward Show Winners)
Spring/Summer 1998 p. 7 (Salisbury, MD) 

Fish Carving Basics by Curtis J. Badger ©1996
Carving and Inserting Fins with Clark Schreibeis
By Stackpole pg. 41 (Mecanicsburg, PA) 

Outlook Magazine
Sculpting and Original Art: Judges Choice and People's Choice
Best of Show Winner - Clark Schreibeis
Nov/Dec 1996 pg. 28 (Slidell, LA)


The following articles were written by Clark Schreibeis for Breakthrough Magazine

  • 1 (800) 783-7266 Hammond, La:
  • Painting Schedule: Spawning Arctic Char, Fall 2013, Issue 111
  • The Dolly/Char Controversy, Fall 2013, Issue 111
  • At the Water's Edge: Fish Reference Photography, Fall 2013, Issue 111 
  • Best in World Fish Carving Winners Fall 2013 Issue 111, 
  • Painting Schedule: Walleye, Summer 2013, Issue 110 
  • Competing and Judging at the World Fish Carving Championships, Summer 2013, Issue 110 
  • Painting Schedule: Yellowstone Cutthroat, Spring 2013, Issue 109 
  • Yellowstone Cutthroats and History of Cutthroats,Spring 2013, Issue 109 
  • Taxidermy Competitions, Competing and Judging, Spring 2013, Issue 109 
  • A Secure, Invisible Attachment for Fish, Winter 2012, Issue 108 
  • Painting Schedule: Steelhead, Summer 2012, Issue 106 
  • New Fish Carving Competition, Winter 2011, Issue 104 
  • Part 4: Fish Fins, Winter 2011, Issue 104 
  • Painting schedule: Bluegill, Fall 2011, Issue 103 
  • Part 3: Fish Locomotion, Fall 2011, Issue 103 
  • Part 2: Fish Locomotion, Summer 2011, Issue 102 
  • Part 1: Fish Locomotion, Spring 2011, Issue 101 
  • Part 2: Composition and Design, Winter 2010, Issue 100 
  • Part 1: Composition and Design, Fall 2010, Issue 99 
  • Painting Schedule: Northern Pike, Fall 2010, Issue 99 
  • Red Drum Woodcarving- Scale Texturing, Summer 2010, Issue 98, 
  • Clark Schreibeis New Field Editor by Larry Blomquist, Fall/Winter 2009, Issue 96   
  • Painting Fine Details with an Airbrush, Summer 2008, Issue 91
  • Champions for Trout, Summer 2008, Issue 91
  • 2007 World Fish Carving Championship Winners Summer 2007 Issue 87
  • Introducing The Champion's Trout Collection, Fall 2006, Issue 84
  • How to Make a Fish Study Cast - Large Fish, Winter 2005, Issue 78
  • How to Make a Fish Study Cast, Summer 2004, Issue 76 pg. 16
  • Carving A Stylized Splash, Fall 2003, Issue 73 pg. 16
  • Part 3: Finishing, Carving a Radically Curved Fish, Summer 2003, Issue 72 pg. 66
  • Part 2: Carving a Radically Curved Fish,  Spring 2003, Issue 71 pg. 88 
  • Part 1: Carving a Radically Curved Fish, Winter 2003, Issue 70 pg. 66 
  • Fish Anatomy: The Eyes Have It, Fall 1999, Issue 57 pg. 34 
  • Building a Reference Library, Spring 1998, Issue 51 pg. 24  
  • Designing the Best in World Fish Carving, Fall/Winter 1995 Issue 42 p. 78
  • Carving the Brown Trout, Fall 1994 Issue 38 pg. 48 
  • Painting the Brown Trout, Fall 1994 Issue 38 pg. 54