Jan Van Hoesen lives in northeastern lower Michigan with a large menagerie of wild animals for live study. She holds a teaching degree from Michigan State University, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Taxidermist Association, the International Guild of Taxidermy and the National Taxidermists Association. Jan established her world-class credentials in the early 1990's when she took top honors at major taxidermy competitions with her outstanding mammal work, including winning the 1992 World Champion title for mammal taxidermy. She has won top taxidermy awards (both judges' choice and people's choice) at all levels of competition; State, National, International and World. She is also respected taxidermy judge at all levels of competition, including the World Championships.
What is Custom Small Mammal Taxidermy?
Van Hoesen Taxidermy studio is NOT a full-service commercial taxidermy studio. Jan does not offer services on game heads, birds and fish mounts. She specializes only in custom small mammal taxidermy. She does not produce assembly-line work. Each pose is carefully and artistically chosen to match the specimen. Instead of purchasing commercial mannikins off-the-shelf, Jan meticulously casts, molds, sculpts, and creates a new custom mannikin for each piece. The result is a unique one-of-a-kind trophy which will be admired and appreciated for years to come.
Creating a custom mannikin is a time-consuming project, but the results speak for themselves. Through Jan's unique knowledge of animal behavior and her artistic talent, she creates beautiful works of taxidermy art which portray the very essence of the animal with honesty and dignity.
Custom taxidermy costs more than commercial taxidermy work, but discriminating clients understand the value of excellent work. If you would like Jan to offer a quotation on your next custom taxidermy piece, please contact the Van Hoesen Taxidermy studio.
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