Robert Hines

  • Robert Hines
    Robert Hines
  • Chesser Island
    Robert Hines (1912-1994)

    Bob Hines was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1912. With little formal training, Hines learned how to portray wildlife on the job as a staff artist for the Ohio Division of Wildlife. He came to work for the FWS in 1947 as an illustrator for publications, then under the direction of Rachel Carson.  Carson and Hines became friends and naturalist companions with Hines illustrating her book The Edge of the Sea. Bob’s illustrations appeared in numerous government publications and in magazines as diverse as Sports Afield and The New Yorker. Hines was renowned for his wildlife drawings which showcased extremely accurate depictions of wildlife in their native habitat.  Hines passed away in 1994 leaving behind a large canon of wildlife art.

    Hines painted this 10’x9’ work in 1968 for a new Okefenokee NWR visitor center. The painting depicts the array of wildlife at Chesser Island, including ivory-billed woodpeckers. It was transferred to the NCTC collection in April 2000.

    In 1947, Bob Hines accepted a position as staff artist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, even though he had virtually no formal training in art or in wildlife science.

    Rachel Carson was his first supervisor in Washington D.C., and he illustrated her second book, The Edge of the Sea. Over the years, his work appeared in many books, pamphlets and posters and in national magazines such as Sport and Field and The New Yorker.

    His personal friends included several Secretaries of the Interior, who would occasionally slip into his office to enjoy Bob’s company and listen to tales of his outdoor adventures. He was recognized by the Department of the Interior with three Meritorious Service Awards and, on his retirement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Distinguished Service Award.

    -- USFWS