Renowned wildlife artist Anne Worsham Richardson Paszek of Charleston died Sunday. She was 92.
She was the owner of Birds I View Gallery on Church Street and the widow of John P. Paszek.
Born in Clarendon County in 1919, she began painting at an early age. At 16, she moved to Charleston and began specializing in bird paintings.
She painted thousands of works and held shows across the country.
Her painting “Carolina Wren and Yellow Jessamine” hangs in the Statehouse and represents the official State Bird and Flower. She also painted the State Butterfly (“Yellow Swallow-tailed with Wild Azalea”).
She was inducted into the S.C. Hall of Fame in 1991. She was a member of the Carolina Art Association, Charleston Artist Guild, Guild of South Carolina Artists, Charleston Natural History Society, National Audubon Society and Carolina Bird Club. The naturalist was a frequent lecturer.
The Paszeks operated a bird sanctuary at their James Island home to rehabilitate injured birds. As the birds were recovering, she used them as models. She was honored by the U.S. Department of the Interior for her conservation work.
On her website, she wrote that she hoped her paintings may reveal “an appreciation, and respect for all life, and our need to protect our natural resources.”
Arrangements are by Stuhr’s Downtown Chapel of Charleston.
Editor’s note: Earlier versions of this story gave incorrect information about where Paszek lived. Incorrect information was provided to The Post and Courier
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