Kurt was raised in Motown during the 60’s which greatly influenced his love of the arts. His love for the outdoors was fostered by many backpacking and canoe trips throughout the US and Canada.
In 1995, while in the midst of a full time career as a surgical PA, raising a family and running an organic farm (who needs sleep?), he set sail on a self guided journey to rekindle his creative spirit through painting and has never looked back. He retired from the Physician Assistant profession in 2016 and has been happily painting full time since. An outdoor lover, he naturally gravitated to plein air painting which pairs two of his favorite activities.
Kurt has received training from Mark Boedges, Marc Hanson, Timothy Horn, Shelby Keefe, Elizabeth Pollie, Caesar Citraro, and Alan Maciag.
Artist’s Choice Award. Paint Grand Traverse 2018
First Place Charlevoix Circle of Arts 2017 Chasing the Light Exhibition
Honorable Mention. Crooked Tree Arts Center 2017 Juried Fine Arts Exhibition
Second Place Crooked Tree Arts Center 2017 Paint Out
Honorable Mention Crooked Tree Arts Center 2017 Fine Arts Exhibition
Best of Show-Harvest Artist Challenge 2016. Crooked Tree Art Center
Second Place- Crooked Tree Arts Center 2016 Paint Out
Third Place Boyne City 2016 Paint Out
Honorable Mention Charlevoix Circle of Arts 2016 Paint Out
Bold Brush Competition, Plein Air Magazine-Jury Favorite 15% for "Harbor Springs -Winter"
Best Originality -Crooked Tree Arts Center 2015 Paint Out
Third Place -Boyne City 2015 Paint Out
Honorable Mention -34th Annual Crooked Tree Arts Center Juried Fine Arts Exhibition
5th Annual Lighthouse Plein Air Festival. Tequesta, Florida, March 2018
Paint Grand Traverse Invitational 2018. Traverse City Michigan, August 13-18
Upcoming 2019 Events:
Door County Plein Air Festival
Paint Grand Traverse Plein Air Festival
Somebody’s Gallery August 2018
NOAPS Small Works Exhibition 2017
Crooked Tree Art Center "Images From Up North" Exhibition 2016
Mackinac's Little Gallery, 7410 Market Street Mackinac Island, MI 49757 906.847.6400 mackinacslittlegallery.com
Sleeping Bear Gallery, 10085 West Front St. Empire, MI . 49630 231.326.2278
Coyote Woman Gallery, 160 East Main St. Harbor Springs, MI 49740 231.526.5889
Somebody's Gallery, 302 East Lake St. Petoskey, MI 49770 231.881.4745
North Wind Gallery, 8345 Woodloft Tr. Harbor Springs, MI 49740. 231.838.1766