Most of the work you see on this site was painted entirely outdoors, en plein air. Since the sun waits for no one, plein air pieces tend to be relatively small (8 x 10 to 18 x 24 inches). I paint larger pieces in the studio, using my outdoor work as reference.
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Country Yard 12 x 20 oil on panel Painted on location in Danbury, Wisconsin. Freshly mowed.
Red Barn Painting 12 x 16 oil on panel Painted on location in Carver, Minnesota.
Rolling Fields 12 x 20 oil on panel Painted on location in San Francisco County, Minnesota.
Sheep Farm 7 x 11 oil on panel Painted on location in San Francisco County, Minnesota.
T-Bird and the Old Jail, 12 x 16 oil on panel Set on the side of a mountain, the old mining town of Jerome, Arizona provides a 20 mile view across the valley. On this cloudy, rainy day I was scouting for a painting and was captivated by the lovely blue horizon. Then this red car and yellow ochre building facade jumped in front of it. SOLD
San Antonio Mountain Hills, Wine Country 12 x 20 oil on panel Painted on location at the Sonoma plein air event 2018.
Vineyard Motif 12 x 16 oil on panel Painted on location at the Antonio Mountain Vineyards during the Sonoma plein air event 2018. They make a heckuva Chardonnay.
Vineyard Medley 20 x 12 oil on panel
Painted on location during the Sonoma plein air event 2018.
Grapes! 8 x 10 oil on panel Okay, not exactly an open space, but the vineyard sure has a lot of sky above it. Painted on location at the Sonoma plein air event 2018.
Point Reyes Coast, California 24 x 18 oil on panel Painted on location at the Sonoma plein air event 2018.
Sunflowers 12 x 16 oil on panel This is a slightly larger piece created in the studio from a smaller plein air painting done on location up near Grand Marais.
Spring Fields, 17 x 31 oil on panel
Crescent Bay Morning,20 x 16 oil on panel The surf, waves, and changing sands create beautiful shapes and colors.
Roadside Fishmonger, 12 x 16 oil on panel This fellow was selling his fresh caught lake trout and walleye in Danbury, Wisconsin last summer. He said that he’s made a living selling fish ever since he got back from Vietnam.
Rocky Mountain Air, 12 x 16 oil on panel Painted midday, looking into the box canyon that holds the town of Telluride, Colorado.
Vista from San Miniato, Florence, 11 x 14 oil on panel
Forest Lake, Viewed from the Rock Cut, Rocky Mountain National Park, 12 x 16 oil on panel
Sunbeams on 38th Street, 24 x 24, oil on panel
Colorado Mountain Winter, 10.5 x 16 oil on panel
Winter Morning at Duluth Harbor, 18 x 24 oil on canvasboard Duluth's harbor industries lend a distinctive, rusty romanticism to the landscape.
Sailboats at Sunset, 48 x 60 oil on linen
Francis, Utah, 12 x 20 oil on panel This was painted on a June morning just east of Park City.
Bird of Paradise, 10 x 8 oil on panel Not sure if this is a floral painting with a landscape in the background or a landscape with a flower in the foreground. Do you care? Me neither.
Midday Over the Island, 8 x 10 oil on panel
Early Evening from Lafayette Point, 12 x 16 oil on panel Painted on the shore of Lake Superior, July, 2017.
Fall Colors Up North, 7 x 11, oil on panel
Rose Lake, 16 x 20 oil on panel Painted during a Grand Marais Art Colony winter plein air event. A dozen or so artists gathered at Camp Menogyn on Bearskin Lake for a week of outdoor painting and camaraderie. On this gray day a few of us hiked to this overlook. What a shape the snowcovered lake made!
Fairview and County Road A, 12 x 20 oil on panel
Morning on Sneffles Range, 7 x 24 oil on panel
Gettysburg: View from Little Round Top, 12 x 20 oil on panel Painted just before a rain at the Hallowed Ground in Pennsylvania. I'm looking north up the fishhook line the Union troops formed toward the end of the 3-day battle. This pastoral view shows some of the fields where so many lost their lives. Just beyond the big mass of trees, center right, is where the 1st Minnesota performed so heroically. Quite a story. Look it up.
Shetlands, Spring, 8 x 10 oil on panel These furry critters are cute, but the bright yellow hay on the rich, poopy mud was truly beautiful.
Setting Sun at the Mine, 11 x 17 oil on panel This contraption used to take miners down into a shaft said to be deeper than the Empire State Building is tall. After a morning of painting nearby in the old mining town of Jerome, Arizona, I looked forward to the afternoon, when the mountain would cast its shadow across the valley and the colors of the landscape would get richer and deeper. In order to paint the viewpoint I wanted, where the tower would intersect the horizon, I needed to stand on a slope of loose, broken rock. By the time I finished, it was dark and freezing. I accidentally kicked over my open knapsack, sending it tumbling down the slope, scattering stuff everywhere. Brushes, paint tubes, cell phone, keys. I spent the next half hour crawling up and down the rubble, praying the rental car keys would find my hands. They did.
Tipi at Cottonwood, 8 x 10 oil on panel I love when the sun comes out late on a rainy day and deep blue clouds hang on to the horizon. They make a gorgeous backdrop for the sunlit ground.
Minnesota Mountain, Fall, 12 x 20 oil on panel Painted in Cook County, Minnesota in late September when the maples were peaking. The wire fence interrupts the splendor of the colors on the mountain, but that's the way life goes sometimes.
Wildflower Pasture, 12 x 20, oil on panel
Harvest Gold, 12 x 16 oil on panel
New Soybeans, 18 x 24 oil on canvas
Farmhouse, 20 x 24 oil on canvas
Feet to the Fire, 8 x 10 oil on panel When you canoe and portage in the wilderness, your feet get wet. This part of the day feels soooo gooood.
Haybales in the Sun, 8 x 10 oil on panel
Breezy Sunflowers, 10 x 8 oil on panel Each has its own personality. SOLD
Cornfield and Barn, 12 x 16 oil on panel The summer was advancing and, despite being a midwestern painter, I hadn't painted corn yet, let alone a barn. Subject aside, this is an exploration (art speak alert) of the tension between flatness, modeling, and atmospheric perspective. SOLD
Dressage Saddles, 12 x 16 oil on panel
The Angle, Gettysburg, 12 x 20 oil on panel Painted on location at the Hallowed Ground in Pennsylvania. This tree is fairly recent growth, but 146 years ago, on a hot July afternoon, this stone wall is about as far as old Bobby Lee's boys got. The Confederates crossed this mile-long field from the tree line on Seminary Ridge. As I looked across, I tried to imagine what was in their minds as they stepped into the open, knowing it was unlikely they would survive the hour.
New Market Haybales, 12 x 16 oil on panel SOLD
White Barn, 16 x 20” oil on panel Painted in Burnett County, Wisconsin just after the holidays. SOLD
Autumn Haybales, 12 x 16 oil on panel Painted near Victoria, Minnesota. In this country field in midafternoon, the colors were fairly muted. This suited me just fine. I was tired of chasing brightly colored maples around the city. SOLD
Karaoke at the Crossroads Painted near Farmington, Minnesota in late October. SOLD
Cow Pasture, Utah, 11 x 14 oil on panel SOLD
Old Silver Mine, Telluride, 12 x 16 oil on panel The ride up and down the road that leads to this location made me cry for my mama. SOLD
The Path to the Barn, 16 x 20 oil on canvas SOLD
Rustic Barn Painting, 7 x 11 oil on panel Being known as a painter of suburb-scapes and urban construction, it may seem as though I don’t like to paint rustic buildings, but barns like this embody so much history — the weathered wood, the encroaching grasses, the tilting creep toward collapse — painting scenes like this is in the DNA of every landscape painter.
Campfire, 12 x 16 oil on panel Painted with pals off the Gunflint Trail near the Loon Lake. Chosen “Best Nocturne” at Grand Marais Plein Air 2015. SOLD
Country Mailbox, 8 x 10 oil on panel The midday summer sun tends to bleach out everything it touches, but if there's a spot of color to be found, I'll paint it. SOLD
Grand Old Birds, Sonoma, 8 x 10 oil on panel
View from Pincushion, 7 x 11 oil on panel SOLD
Sonoma Dune Buggy, 12 x 16 oil on panel
Cattails on Cedar Lake, 24 x 30 oil on canvas
Misty Morning in Wine Country 12 x 16 oil on panel Painted on location at the Sonoma plein air event 2018.