CLAYTON B. SEAGEARS
We first hear of Clayton Seagears
at the University of Michigan. He studied zoology and journalism
there as an undergraduate and remained in 1924 as an instructor
in vertebrate zoology and economic conservation under Alexander
The next 13 years, from 1924
to 1937, were spent in newspaper work with the Orange Independent
Corporation, a newspaper publishing corporation owned by the
Harrimans of New York State. He handled sports, outdoor columns,
and general illustrating, including the syndicated newspaper
cartoon feature called The Inside on the Outdoors which reached
its peak of use in 127 newspapers.
In 1937 he joined the New York
State Conservation Department as a Game Research Investigator.
Later he became Director of the Division of Conservation Education
and in 1946 he founded The Conservationist magazine, the official
publication of the New York State Conservation Department.
Mr. Seagears was self-taught
as an artist. He did general commercial work as well as specializing
later in outdoor subjects and wildlife. After the founding
of The Conservationist, until his retirement from the N. Y.
Conservation Department in 1962, much of his work was done
for that. His favorite subjects were deer and waterfowl.
Mr. Seagears retired from the
Conservation Department in 1962 and three years later moved
from New York State, where he was born, to Bloomfield Hills,
Michigan where he maintained his home and studio with his
wife, the former Marian Parsons of Detroit.
Upon his retirement from active
conservation work he went about the business of fulfilling
a lifelong desire: that of painting certain exotic forms of
wildlife through out the world. He made hundreds of sketches
and many watercolors in Japan, Ceylon, Thailand, India, Europe,
Surinam, the Greek Islands, and a dozen islands in the Caribbean
He worked mostly in tempera and specialized in birds with
emphasis on waterfowl and upland game.
Mr. Seagears' articles or illustrations
have appeared in such books or magazines as The Hunters Encyclopedia,
The Ruffled Grouse, Outdoors Unlimited, American Gun, Field
and Stream, Colliers, and The Saturday Evening Post, as well
as in The Conservationist, and others.