"I love to paint and am always painting, even when I don’t have a brush in my hand, I can’t get away from it, it's that simple. When I’m in my studio and run out of ideas I know it’s time to get out and do some Plein Air painting; then the subjects just appear."
"I like to let the paint tell the story that I am trying to convey. I don't like to dwell on every detail for someone to see my intent, but I also don’t like my paintings to be muddy. I like them to be loose, wet on wet, what ever you call it, my painting style is not controlled—it's more of a discovery."
"In 1996 I graduated from UWGB with a BA degree in Studio Arts with emphasis in painting with a minor in Graphic Design. I have been a professional artist for over 10 years. I also currently work at our family business, operating the Armstrong Creek Bison Ranch along with my father and brother."
Meet the Artist
What has plein air painting taught you about yourself? My painting gear can go anywhere I go. Hunting, fishing and family trips.
What is the furthest you have traveled for your art/plein air? 3 days of traveling to Telluride CO.
Can you share a fond, or unusual, memory of plein air painting? One of my favorite spots for Plein Air painting is Grand Marais MN on the Lakeview Dairy. The owner has a boneyard of old equipment and lets me camp there. I spent a lot of quiet evenings there plotting my next spot to paint and exploring the Gunflint Trail.
What was the last thing that you painted or drew a picture of? Buffalo
What is your favorite plein air subject, location or time of the year to plein air paint? Barns and farms…. Summer is a very easy time of the year to paint.
What is something that looks fun that you want to try? Taking the SS Badger across Lake Michigan to the Lower Mi instead of the Mackinac Bridge.