WHY PAINT? How do you describe the feeling you get when you see something that you just have to paint? It's exhilarating; it's pure & honest inspiration; it's bliss. It seems to capture a slice of life, something special and worth sharing. I especially admire artists who take familiar, ordinary scenes and make them extraordinary. Watching the way light can strike a scene and transform it from mundane and dull to captivating and full of energy is an absolutely humbling experience for me. I paint places and things that are important to me for reasons that are sometimes hard to describe. As a full time professional artist I mostly I paint plein air (painting on location) in both watercolor and oil, but I do quite a bit of studio work too. With both approaches I try to seek out and paint subjects with authenticity; something that seizes the day and expresses my emotional & intellectual experience at the time. In a time when photography and technology are documenting and sharing experience in real time with never-ending detail and analysis, I am fascinated by the question: "Why paint? What is the role of a traditional landscape painter in this day and age?" I'm not entirely sure, but I feel like it's a privilege and an honor to paint and share it with others, and I try to enjoy that opportunity every chance I get!!
The Artist's Proof is considered more valuable because of the size of the edition (Quantity of 25), and the quality of materials used in the printing process. In this case that means acid free paper and pigment based inks, giving customers peace of mind that the print won't yellow or fade over time.
The official 2018 Hockey Day MN painting is here! This gift commemorates a once in a lifetime experience and celebrates the tradition of outdoor hockey in Minnesota. In the heart of downtown St. Cloud, the city's skyline and Lake George are the centerpieces of this year's collectible print.
Diver's Cove is a wonderful place to paint, slightly less busy, occasionally one can find themselves having it all to themselves. A popular spot for locals to walk their dogs, I was happy to capture one of them in a sketch and work it into the painting!