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Born & raised in Wisconsin. My interest in art grew from my activities as an outdoor photographer. Photography taught me how to compose photos, to be patient in waiting for the right lighting. Started painting in 2009 with intentions of painting some of my photos.
Developed a fond appreciation for old barns and the life of the small family farmer which perhaps accounts for themes in my paintings. Creating a spirit that flows through my art, a spirit that motivates the viewer to enjoy my work is the ultimate goal I try to obtain with each piece I paint.
My art is about life away from large cities. It expresses what I feel about people, places, and experiences I have had. In order to create a painting, I need to feel a connection with a subject and see what that subject means to me. I really believe that most pieces of art I paint are inspirations that are deep in my mind from past occasions spent roaming the countryside in the midwest.
When I start a project of something that I want to paint, the idea for the painting becomes clear to me. Because I start painting without knowing exactly how it will turn out, as I put those first colors on the papper , I am always nervous about what I am doing, because I do not know where I am going with it.
But as I continue, one technique or color leads to another, and I just know how to move on. If it feels right, I can continue. If not, I have to set it aside until I am inspired to go on. The magic of watercolors, flowing and blending together is the thrill I seek when painting.
Spending countless hours roaming around on back country roads in the midwest I could see the beauty in old farm buildings. Upon close inspection one could gain respect for those who worked hard to construct farm structures. We are losing thousands of barns every year to the mega farms which is sad. Most of my paintings will include small family farm buildings as a tribute to history and hard work of the small family farmer.
I live on a lake in central Wisconsin. I love doing watercolors after spending years doing pen & ink commissioned work for folks that owned farms, homes or businesses. My early paintings were done in watercolor for two years. My original art can be purchased by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org