James, Robert, and Joe Hautman have become established as America's foremost wildlife artists. At age 25 James became the youngest artist to win the distinguished Federal Duck Stamp Award, and has since won the competition three more years. In 2011 James was chosen as "Artist of the Year" by Ducks Unlimited. Robert also has numerous awards including the Federal Duck Stamp Award in 2997 and 2001. The eldest, Joe is also the only of the three brothers whose fulltime job is not painting; he also has a doctorate degree in Theoretical Physics. Joe has been honored by the Federal Duck Stamp competition in 1992, 2002, and 2007.