(1912 - 1994)
W. Hines was man of great personal charm and a deceptively
relaxed, almost sleepy, manner. Meeting him for the first
time, one would never- suspect what a huge volume of work
he produced. His studio was in his home where he worked full-time
upon retiring as artist-illustrator for the Bureau of Sports
Fisheries and Wildlife, Washington, D.C.
Hines was born in Columbus, Ohio on February 6, 1912. He attended
Clintonville Elementary School until the family moved to Fremont,
Ohio in 1921. There he went to Otis and Stamm Elementary Schools,
and Fremont Ross High School from which he graduated in 1926.
a boy, he hiked, fished, and camped in the woods and along
the Sandusky River near Fremont. He had a large backyard zoo
where at one time or another he made pets of pheasants, quail,
crows (one albino), raccoons, opossums, woodchucks, squirrels,
moles, mallards, widgeon, great horned and snowy owls, gulls,
pigeons, chickens, dogs, cats, snakes, turtles, and several
aquariums of fish.
joined the Boy Scouts when he was 12 years old, and became
an Eagle Scout with Silver Palm. Later he was a nature instructor
in three Scout camps and counselor for most of the nature
the depression he worked at various jobs in restaurants, in
a drop-forging plant, and on road-construction crews. He taught
himself how to mount birds and animals and operated a small
taxidermy shop for a while; when he was forced by illness
to slow down, he turned to his former avocations of drawing
in 1939 Bob Hines became Staff Artist for the Ohio Division
of Conservation in Columbus, Ohio. Just before he began work
there, he learned that the job would require some specialized
work in creating oil paintings of wildlife habitat. He promptly
went for help to his former high school art teacher, Miss
Mary Williams, and she gave him a four-day refresher course
that got him off to a good start on his new job.
July 1948, Mr. Hines was asked by Frank Dufresne, then Chief
of Information, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to come to
Washington as an Artist-Illustrator. There his first supervisor
was Miss Rachel Carson, who was at that time near publication
of her epic The Sea Around Us.
Hines wrote and illustrated Ducks at A Distance, which was
published by the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife; other
books he has illustrated are Wildlife in America. by Mattheissen:
North America Waterfowl, by Day; Alaska's Animals and fishes,
by Dufresne; The Upland Game Hunter's Bible, by Holland; Migration
of Birds, by Lincoln; Bass Fishing in America, by Bauer; Crusade
for Wildlife, by Arefethan; Outdoors Unlimited, Outdoor Writers
Association of America; Pheasants in North America, by Allan;
Honker, by McClung; Face of North America, by Farb; Waterfowl
Tomorrow, and Birds in Our Lives, both Bureau of Sport Fisheries
and Wildlife publications.
Boy Scout Merit Badge Pamphlets have been illustrated by Mr.
Hines, and his work has appeared in thirteen magazines, including
the New Yorker, Reader's Digest, Sports Afield, Natural History
and Outdoor Life.
Hines was one of the two men who helped inaugurate the Wildlife
Conservation Postage Stamp Series, and designed the first
of four stamps in the series. They are Wild Turkey, Pronghorn
Antelope, King Salmon (all 1956), and Whooping Crane (1957).
The crane stamp was selected by a British philatelic poll
as one of the ten best stamps in the world for 1957.
drawings and paintings Mr. Hines did for the Ohio Division
of Conservation and for the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and
Wildlife have been reproduced by conservation magazines in
every state, several in Canada, and even in the Soviet Union.
he worked for a highly scientific organization, Mr. Hines
had to be extremely accurate in his work; he traveled in all
but three states, sketching, taking photographs, and gathering
data for his illustrations. He served as consultant and administrator
for the duck stamp contest each year, and somewhere along
the line found time to paint three huge wildlife scenes (oil
on canvas) that now hang as murals in the Interior Building
in Washington, D.C. The Department of the Interior has recognized
his ability with three Meritorious Awards.
had three children: John, Nancy, and Tim. His hobbies were
hunting, fishing, and photography.