John Frederick Yeackle (1940–2011) an American professional watercolorist for more than 30 years, and endorsed as one of the Nation's top wildlife artists. Known primarily for his watercolor paintings of the American wild turkey. Born in 1940 in Birmingham, Alabama to William Frederick Yeackle and Audrey Lucinda Hannah. John Yeackle died in 2011 in Florida. Yeackle's mentors were artists Winslow Homer, William Russell Flint, and Edward J. Fitzgerald.