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). Larger works are created in the studio, using my outdoor work as reference.
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18 x 22 oil on linen. She's tired of being in the shadow and thinks her hydrangea bonnet might help. He likes the sunlight even though it'll cause him to melt a lot faster.
Fall Colors Up North, 7 x 11, oil on panel
16 x 12 oil on panel. This character likes a little dusting every now and then.
24 x 36 oil on linen. Sometimes folks get a bit tipsy.
12 x 16. oil on panel. Painted on location in the bird sanctuary at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis.
20 x 16 oil on panel.
Frosty Morning on 41st Street, 8 x 10 oil on panel I managed to get just enough paint on the board to make the point, then I threw all my gear in my pack and jumped in my car before I froze my patootie off.
Lake of the Isles Tracks, 8 x 10, oil on panel My western painting pals joke about how boring the color is in the midwest. Ha!
The Thicket, Lake Harriet Garden, Winter, 16 x 20 oil on panel Painted in March of 2017, this structure was part public art, part curious shelter for exploring. It's since been removed but I hope it found a fun home.
Snowperson 1, 7 x 5 oil on panel He/she is either saying, "Sun's pretty bright this morning" or "Where are my sunglasses...?"
Snowperson 2, 5 x 7 oil on panel I hate when my mouth starts to fall off in the morning.
Frozen Pond, 12 x 20 oil on panel
Lake Harriet Sunset, 6 x 8 oil on panel I try to keep small panels in my bag to knock out small field studies such as this. Historically, plein air painters called these "pochades" (pron. poe-shods) or "pocket" paintings. They're notes–a shorthand of loaded brushstrokes to describe fleeting of light effects.
Dock Up the Slope, 18 x 24 oil on canvas My father-in-law uses a winch to haul his dock up onto the hill every autumn — an annual cabin ritual. I loved the shadow shape the dock created in the morning sun and the twigs poking up through the snow.
Wrapped Bush, 19 x 28 oil on linen That burlap robe's gotta be kinda itchy.
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!
Ike, the Sled Dog, 16 x 20 oil on canvas I continue to be enthralled by complementary colors found in nature. Here we have orange and blue. And Ike's pretty cool too.
Impression, Rush Hour on Hennepin Avenue,7 x 11 oil on panel The color at dusk of all the lights shining on the street and reflecting on the falling snow was very appealing. Not much form here, just light and movement.
Fish House, Lake Harriet, 12 x 20 oil on panel A solitary fisherdude spent the entire time I was painting sitting in this tiny tent. I didn't see him pull anything out of the hole.
Setting Sun, Gunflint Lake,12 x 16 oil on panel Painted on location in northern Minnesota with my host and comrade Neil Sherman. The previous evening we were glued to a book on plein air painting god Isaac Levitan, the Russian landscape painter from the late 1800s.
Conifers on the Shore,20 x 12 oil on panel A misty day on Bearskin Lake painted during a Grand Marais Art Colony winter plein air event.
Hibernating Canoes, 12 x 20 oil on panel I lit the wooden canoe at the bottom to contrast with the cool light outside the shed. Gotta love the translucent light coming through that blue tarp. Yet another chapter in my ongoing infatuation with blue and orange.
February on Bearskin Lake,16 x 20 oil on canvasboard I started this as a studio demo during a winter workshop and finished it later when I wasn't droning on and on about who knows what.
Blacky and Friends,18 x 24 oil on canvas This is a variation of a painting done on location at Camp Menogyn up the Gunflint Trail, Bearskin Lake in northern Minnesota. I enjoyed working with the perspective of the richly-colored shadows on the ground plane. Blacky was circumspect about my motives.
Fence in the Alley,16 x 12 oil on panel I like to paint sharply foreshadowed elements. And the subtle differences of white things in sun and shadow.
Ice on Nine Mile Creek,12 x 16 oil on panel I was drawn to the shape of the thin coating of ice over the moving water.
Calhoun Boathouse, 12 x 16 oil on panel Another example of the pervasiveness of orange and blue out there. Or am I just looking for it? When you buy a red car, all you see are red cars. When you buy a pair of cool madras plaid polyester slacks from the thrift shop you, well....
Snowy Elmo Park Wetland, 12 x 20 oil on panel Here's a nice example of the lovely color available outdoors for a landscape painter. And you can see them so much better if you get out from behind a camera and stare at it for two-and-a-half hours (ok, maybe three-and-a-half).
Dogsled Shed, 8 x 10 oil panel
Cliffs Above Gunflint Lake, 12 x 16 oil on panel One of the things I look for are contrasts in not only the color and shape of things, but their texture too. Here there's a such a tactile difference between the reedy softness of the thicket in the foreground, and the rocky cliffs in the background. It's some of the oldest exposed rock in the hemisphere says some geologist dude up there, but who believes him, he's a scientist.
Cold Boat House,12 x 20 oil on canvas The dark silhouette of the logs poking into the sunny part of the scene caught my eye and then I noticed the steps in the snow (always seductive) and the rack of the paddles and the reflection in the window then we were off to the races.
Sled Dogs at Menogyn,16 x 20 oil on canvasboard I could've painted these dogs all week. I love the light in this scene, the shadows raking across the yard. And each dog and its tiny house had it's own character. They kept barking at me as if I had some food. Maybe they thought I was the food.
Face Off,12 x 16 oil on panel The grills, bumpers and headlights of vehicles can be really expressive.
Joe Cool, 16 x 12 oil on panel I caught this handsome character before he melted. I couldn’t decide if his blank face and mod shades reminded me more of Snoopy or the Invisible Man.
Winter Late Afternoon,8 x 10 oil on panel On a frozen lake, late afternoon is an absolutely gorgeous time to paint.
Snowy Spruce Boughs,18 x 24 oil on canvas The dollops of snow on the boughs of this spruce made for some interesting shapes and patterns.
Sunny Winter Wetland,16 x 12 oil on panel More winter fun with color.
Snowperson 7, 5 x 7 oil on panel Gleefully cool in the shadows. SOLD
Ice Harvest,16 x 12 oil on panel Painted near Ely, Minnesota, at the Steger Wilderness Center 2016 Ice Ball. Will Steger, the renowned polar explorer and climate change activist, hosts this event on his property every year. The ice is cut using chainsaws, long old-time handsaws, and lots of people power. Draft horses then make several trips up the bank, hauling the harvest to Steger’s hillside cave-fridge, where the blocks are tucked tightly away to keep perishable foods fresh throughout the year. It’s a real deal, pioneer-style, natural refrigerator that keeps it’s chill well into the following autumn. They’re doing a lot of cool work up there. Check it out at stegerwildernesscenter.org
Country Church, 18 x 24 oil on panel Feels very abstract to me. Not religion per sé, but the flat-on view of the vertical bell tower, the conifers, and the shape of the roof and sky.
Ski Path, Lake Harriet, 12 x 16 oil on panel I had the privilege of painting with Stapleton Kearns a few years ago and I think his handling of tree branches blending into the sky rubbed off on me here.
Open Water on the Namekagon, 12 x 20 oil on panel Patches of open water on the ice often creates interesting elliptical shapes. SOLD
Snowmobiling at Dusk (sold), 12 x 16 oil on panel
Winter Color (sold), 12 x 16 oil on panel I love the color of the sun on bare trees, evergreens, and the scrub oak that just don't want to give up their leaves. SOLD
Early Light on the Treetops, 8 x 10 on panel This is one of those light effects one must have scoped out days before. Because waking up, getting fed and coffeed up, hiking out there, and setting up in near dark to await the first breath of light is hard. That's why people (try to) paint from photographs. SOLD
Steps Along the Lake Superior Shore (sold), 12 x 16 oil on panel My daughter and I visited friends on the Superior North Shore after the holidays. I set up in front of this beautiful view, then the kids came stomping along and tracked right through the foreground...and made the picture.
Early Light, Webb Lake, 6 x 8 oil on panel [09-095]
Frozen Floating Dock (sold), 8 x 10 oil on panel Late each fall, city park workers free these fishing piers to float so their pilings don't get crushed by the shifting ice. After finding a spot to get comfortable for the winter, they sit out there teasing the summer anglers. SOLD
Nine Mile Creek Winter,12 x 16 oil on panel This moving water never freezes over completely. The ripples across the rocks express all sorts of things—sky, reflections of the trees, and the underwater rocks and sand. SOLD
Bonfire on Gunflint Lake, 8 x 10 oil on panel There was an ice fishing festival on the lake this day. After turning in their entries, people stand around the bonfire to warm up. Quite the Northwoods fashion show. SOLD
Boot Hockey, 18 x 36 oil on canvas An iconic Minnesota scene. SOLD
Snowy Stump,12 x 16 oil on panel Painted after a fresh snowfall near Webb Lake, Wisconsin. SOLD
Winter Sun and Shadow,24 x 30 oil on linen SOLD
Bearskin Lake Sunset 2, 8 x 10 oil on panel SOLD
Minnehaha Falls, February, 16 x 20 oil on panel SOLD
Magnetic Rock Trail, Northern Minnesota, 18 x 24 oil on panel My painter friend Neil Sherman took me on this hike just off the Gunflint Trail. This area was burned out by a big fire a few years ago. I was prepared to be bummed about painting there, but found it beautiful and compelling instead. The lack of tree cover lets you see the sensuality of the terrain, and allows bright sunlight to reach the ground, reflecting off the show and “opening up” the shadows. This seemingly gray landscape is rich with chroma: violety-blue shadows, pinkish leafless branches, warm olive-green confers, and rusty grasses. SOLD
Sunset at Gunflint Lake, 7 x 11 oil on panel Dedicated to the memory of Ron Miles. SOLD
Last Light on the Lake, 11 x 7 oil on panel The most sumptuous, gorgeous light of the day only lasts a few moments. Get it while you can... SOLD
Minneapolis Skyline from Lake of the Isles, 18 x 24 oil on panel Even on a gray day in winter, there’s a lot of color out there. It's subtle, but it's out there. SOLD
Little Marais Point, February,11 x 7 oil on panel I love the glow of this backlit point of land along the Superior North Shore. SOLD
Morning Light Over the Creek,16 x 12 oil on panel Painted near Bay City, Wisconsin. I had the privilege of painting that day with my colleagues Richard Abraham and Joshua Cunningham. This was the first of three efforts in between a lot of coffee and a couple three or five beers. SOLD
Cattails at Cedar Lake, 12 x 16 oil on panel SOLD
Snowperson 3, 7 x 5 oil on panel SOLD
Snow Person 8, 7 x 5 oil on panel SOLD
Winter Grays, Winter Greens,8 x 10 oil on panel Painted at Will Steger’s camp near Ely, Minnesota. SOLD
Canoe Rack, Winter,8 x 10 oil on panel Drawing foreshortened canoes is always a fun challenge. I loved the color of the canoes and the shadows on the snow. SOLD
Moonrise Over Bearskin Lake,6 x 8 oil on panel. This was one of those small paintings created quickly as the sun did it's last-minute deal with the horizon. SOLD
Bright Winter Shore, 8 x 10 oil on panel SOLD
Snowshoes on Bearskin Lake,12 x 20 oil on panel This is an outdoor still-life I set up with my Duluth-based painting comrade Lee Englund. I sat on the snow to get a vantage point where the snowshoes intersect the horizon. As the sun crept lower and lower, we patiently waited for the moment when the colors on the snow shift into gorgeous violets, blues, pinks, and oranges––then slapped on paint with a frenzy that made the wolves howl! (Pardon my Jack London daydream.) SOLD