Kevin Veara is a bird guide for Lincoln Memorial Gardens located in Springfield, Illinois and has been leading hikes for close to twenty years. Also, he enjoys traveling around the country for bird watching vacations. While on these trips, Kevin has a bird diary where he keeps annual dates for certain types of birds.

He also owns seven acres of land on the banks of the South Fork of the Sangamon River. He is currently restoring the land by planting appropriate native plants and removing others hoping to create a haven for birds and animals. He keeps notes of the birds that nest on the property and use it for foraging. Living out in the country has allowed him to see the arrival of birds in the spring and migration in the fall. He truly has immersed himself in his subject's habitat.

Awards and Scholarships

Illinois State Fair Professional Art Exhibit
– 3rd Place (Painting)2016
University of Illinois at Springfield Alumni
– Best of Show1999
"On Your Own Time" State Employees Art Show
– Best of Show1987
Illinois Association of Community Agencies
– Scholarship1985 - 1986
Springfield College in Illinois
– Scholarship1983


Southern Illinois University Carbondale
– Master of Fine Art 1988 - 1991
Sangamon State University
– Bachelor of Fine Arts 1985 - 1987
Springfield College in Illinois
– Associate of Arts 1982 - 1984

Work Experience

Lincoln Land Community College
– Instructor 2004
Springfield Art Association
– Instructor 2003
Black Moon Tattoos
– Owner 1992 - Present
Springfield College in Illinois
– Student Teacher 1991
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
– Installations Assistant 1987 - 1991
Illinois State Museum
– Installations Assistant 1985 - 1987