Kurt began painting in 1995 and has never looked back. An outdoor lover, he naturally gravitated toward plein air. His goal is to paint the light rather than the object on which it lands. He often prefers his loose, authentic plein air studies to more rendered studio pieces. “In the field, my goal is to get the composition, color and values down. Non essential details are edited out, forming a stronger statement.”
He has participated in numerous competitions and has garnered many awards, most recently, shared Artists Choice Award 2018 Paint Grand Traverse. He is a member of Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society.
"My work is a mixture of exposure to art that has gone before me. I retain bits and pieces of the styles and techniques that strike a chord with me, add my life experiences and emotions, and when blended together, guide my brush on canvas.”
Bold Brush Competition, Plein Air Magazine. Favorite 15% for “The Percussionist”
Bold Brush Competition, Plein Air Magazine. Favorite 15% for "Barn Shadow"
Artist’s Choice Award, Paint Grand Traverse 2018
Bold Brush Competition, Plein Air Magazine. Favorite 15% for "Harbor Springs -Winter"
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
Honorable Mention Charlevoix Circle of Arts 2016 Paint Out
Best Originality -Crooked Tree Arts Center 2015 Paint Out
Honorable Mention -2016 Crooked Tree Arts Center Juried Fine Arts Exhibition
Lighthouse Plein Air Festival 2018.
Paint Grand Traverse Plein Air Invitational 2018.
Door County Plein Air Invitational 2019.
Paint Grand Traverse Plein Air Invitational 2019.
Upcoming 2020 Events:
Door County Plein Air Invitational 2020
Paint Grand Traverse Plein Air Invitational 2020
Guild Member’s Salon. Crooked Tree Art Center 2020
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. phone 906.847.6400
Synchronicity Gallery. 6671 Western Ave. Glen Arbor, MI 49636. phone 231.334.4732
Somebody's Gallery, 302 East Lake St. Petoskey, MI 49770 phone 231.881.4745
Crooked Tree Art Center, 461 E. Mitchell St. Petoskey, MI 49770. phone 231.347.4337
North Wind Studio, Harbor Springs, Michigan. phone 231.838.1766