* Signature Member- IPAP - International Plein Air Painters
* Author and Videographer of Painting
* Who's Who Among America's Teachers
* Wisconsin's 1984 Wildlife Artist of the Year
I have been painting professionally for over 30 years now, the first 17 years I was more career driven with reputation in the wildlife art genre. Then, for a number of reasons I pushed for a reinvention of myself, taking my painting outdoors to set up on location...which has been my manner of working the past 13 years or more. I may yet paint wildlife subjects, but my style has changed greatly...and settings for wildlife are based on plein air studies.
My influences are mainly from the past, the writings of John F. Carlson, works and teachings of Edgar Payne & Emile A. Gruppe, and admirations of Edward Redfield for his large 50'x 56' canvases painted outdoors in one session (alla prima).
I am an art instructor, workshop painting teacher, have written one book thus far on painting landscapes; writing a new book currently on how to paint painterly realism. I have produced one DVD on painting a waterfall, working on another about plein air painting. I moderate eight forums on a very busy vibrant virtual artist's community of over 120,000 artists...Wetcanvas.com
Accolades include various awards for teaching, including listed as Who's Who Among America's Teachers, nomination for the Laird Foundation in Leadership in the Arts twice.
Earliest awards begin with Wisconsin's Wildlife Artist of the Year in 1984...and I've been a finalist, runner-up or winner in state and national conservation sporting stamp design competitions 23 of 33 times entered. My main interest today is painting from life, and even simple still life studies are painted from life.
I live and work in Wisconsin's Nicolet National Forest, surrounded by 1200 lakes and streams, rivers forests; travel frequently in summer to our cabin in the Negaunee/Marquette upper Michigan area. Living in such constant natural surroundings...painting has become a means to celebrate that which I've come to know intimately. Painting and living aesthetically serves as a constant nurturing to maintain a thankful heart...to God above for one, that should bless us with so much sublime pristine escapes in the out of doors!.
As an aside, you may note I will frequent small studies instudio as exercises to keep the eye and senses sharp, which I believe keeps me in the ready to perform outdoors on a location.