Tom and I have recently returned from a trip to Tennessee where he had the opportunity to do a mentorship with Master chair maker Curtis Buchanan Here are the two chairs that he made while there: While they worked and told stories in the chair shop, I went off to paint the beautiful Eastern Tennessee countryside…. Read More
What a glorious day! I don’t think I remember the last time we had sun. So, off I went to the woods with my paints and my high spirits. I have to say, my job has great benefits! After a hike into the Kickapoo Valley Reserve on the Ho-Chunk land, I came to this tree… Read More
I am just back this past week from Grand Marais Minnesota where I participated in the Plein Air event run by the Grand Marais Artists Colony. Could there be a more beautiful place to paint? Tom and I stayed at a state park south of town.There were a few storms that came through during the… Read More
This past Saturday I was the demo artist at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. It was really a fabulous crowd with great questions, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect fall day. Thank you all who came out to watch!
I was honored to be the featured artist and one of the judges for the “Between the Bluffs” plein air event in La Crosse, WI this year. There is so much to painting around this great little city. From the charming downtown, the gardens, railroads and bluffs, to the great Mississippi and its boat houses,… Read More
I will be giving a talk tomorrow evening, August 18th, for the LaCrosse Society of Arts And Crafts at the Pump House Regional Art Center. I will be giving information and tips on Plein Air painting. The evening begins at 5:30 and the public is welcome. See you there!
I painted out at the farm of some dear old friends the other day. It’s nice to know they are around for a couple of weeks again this summer. Artists, musicians, teachers and folks who know how to live close to the earth. You have been missed Mike and Kate- it was great to see… Read More
Prairie Flowers 7 1/4″ x 9 3/4″ One of my favorite spots on our farm is a little prairie remnant patch. It is far too rocky and a little steep for tilling, so has been left alone by all the farmers that have called this place home. I had walked up here yesterday with the… Read More
Plein Air events are a great way to get together with other artists. Paint out together, share ideas, learn from each other, talk shop, and get inspired. For the last 10 days, I was camping near Cedarburg and doing just that at the annual Cedarburg Plein air Festival. 160 artists participated in the event, and… Read More
I am finally getting around to posting a few images of paintings that I did while painting with a friend in and around Asheville North Carolina in March. It was great to get away from the snowy north and to see the first subtle colors of spring. We have almost caught up to where spring… Read More