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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Sun Setting on the Mississippi, 8 x 10, oil on panel Painted on location just north of the dam near Anoka.
Last Light on the North Shore, 12 x 16" oil on panel SOLD
The Laguna Shore, Moonlight, 12 x 20 oil on panel
Crescent Bay Morning,20 x 16 oil on panel The surf, waves, and changing sands create beautiful shapes and colors.
Summer, Minnehaha Falls 2,12 x 16 oil on panel
Early Evening from Lafayette Point, 12 x 16 oil on panel Painted on the shore of Lake Superior, July, 2017.
Wyalusing Sunset,12 x 20 oil on panel
Lower Beaver River Falls, 16 x 12 oil on panel
Painted on location near the North Shore of Lake Superior. July, 2016.
Lonely Rock on the North Shore, 12 x 20 oil on panel Painted on the shore of Lake Superior just north of Two Harbors, July, 2017.
North Shore Rocks, 12 x 16 oil on panel Painted on location in July near the Beaver River. July, 2016.
The Superior Shore at Caribou Creek, 12 x 16 oil on panel
Lafayette Point, Late Afternoon,16 x 12 oil on panel Painting the orange lichen on the rocks is always fun. The color changes so much as it transitions from light to shadow.
Evening Light on the Shore,24 x 18 oil on panel This was our campsite on Lake Three in the Boundary Waters. Not the most poetically named lake, but it's one of the most traveled in the area. It has a number of lovely spots to set up your tent, sit on a rock, and try not to think about how the changing climate and invading earthworms will impact the boreal forest.
Encampment River Shapes,16 x 12 oil on panel This is what I saw as I painted: a big organic shape of hard impenetrable stuff next to another big organic shape of moving, transparent, root beer-colored stuff.
Rocks in the Pond, Encampment River, 8 x 10 oil on panel
Lake Superior at Grand Marais,12 x 16 oil on panel Painted during the Quick Paint event at the Grand Marais Art Colony plein air event. The rocks are part of Artist's Point, a popular spot on the North Shore of Lake Superior.
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.
Rocks and Water 2, 12 x 16 oil on panel
Rocks and Water 1, 12 x 16 oil on panel
Cascade River, May, 18 x 24 oil on canvas Painted near Grand Marais, Minnesota. The rushing water can hypnotize you when you stare at it for three hours.
Tombolo, Superior North Shore,12 x 16 oil on panel Painted near Hovland, Minnesota, on an outing with my colleague Neil Sherman. When you paint in Minnesota you learn to paint grays.
Morning Light on the Point,16 x 12 oil on panel An exercise in a more limited color palette. Painted on location on the Minnesota River.
Hefflefinger Fountain, Lake Harriet Gardens, 8 x 6, oil on panel This is a detail from the angels and demons fountain at this popular Minneapolis park.
Big Water at Minnehaha Falls, 18 x 24 oil on panel A rainy June made for a lot of action coming over the top of the falls.
Tuscarora Lodge, 18 x 24 oil on canvas Painted in the fall along the Gunflint Trail in northern Minnesota. Beaver knows where to build a nice place.
Napping Boats, 12 x 16 oil on panel A lesson, or nightmare, in painting foreshortened angles. I loved the color of the puddled water on the dock reflecting the sky, so I had the kids get out of water periodically to run up and down the dock.
High Sun Over the Marina,8 x 10 oil on panel This was painted on Lake Mille Lacs during the Jaques Art Center 2007 plein air event in Aitkin, Minnesota.
Sailboats, Lake Nokomis, 12 x 20 oil on panel
Bateau, 8 x 10 oil on panel The North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota offers classes on how to build these beautiful little boats.
Working Boats, Che kan, China, 12 x 16 oil on panel People work on these vessels. People live, sleep, and probably spend most of their lives on them. With this painting, I wanted to describe the large scale of the boats, the appealing shape of their hulls, and the hodgepodge of stuff on the decks.
Autumn Sunrise,8 x 10 oil on panel Sunrise efforts are always fun because you get out early in the dark and try to predict what the sun is going to do. As it rose behind me, it “painted” the trees across the small lake. The light effect lasted about 20 minutes.
Lake Superior Rocks and Water, 12 x 16 oil on panel I painted this during the Grand Marais Art Colony's plein air event in late August, 2007. The colors of the moss-covered rocks and the transparent water were lovely.
South Beach, Autumn, 11 x 7 oil on panel Painted on location on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis.
Kaaterskil Falls, New York,20 x 12 oil on panel Painted on location at one of the famous spots where Hudson River School painters set up.
Pilon at Lock and Dam #1, 20 x 12 oil on panel 1) Thou shalt avoid symmetrical compositions. 2) Thou shalt never put an object in the center of a painting. Smite me. I broke two art commandments and I like it. How about you? In case you're wondering, those red buoy balls are about 5 feet across.
Minnehaha Creek in May, 7 x 11 oil on panel The most urban of Minneapolis waterways: Minnehaha Creek, the “Laughing Waters”
Chesapeake Bay Creek, 8 x 10 oil on panel Painted during an Easton plein air event on the eastern shore, Maryland.
Seagull Lake Rapids, 12 x 16 oil on panel This was a very subtle light effect. The sun was slipping behind the trees, but still just barely touched the surface of the rocks and water. Painted at End of the Trail federal campgrounds on Seagull Lake, at the end of the Gunflint Trail in northern Minnesota.
Hot Day on a Sandy Point,7 x 11, oil on panel
Ice Forming on the Namekagon, 12 x 16 oil on panel Ah, the beautiful gray. SOLD
River Bluff Near Alma,12 x 16 oil on panel Painted near the Mississippi River in Alma, Wisconsin. The bluffs along the river are about as much elevation as we get around here, aside from the shore of Lake Superior. SOLD
Encampment River, Lower Falls, 12 x 20 oil on panel SOLD
Sunny Stream, 8 x 10 oil panel SOLD
Boats on the Shore,10 x 8 oil on panel Try drawing a tilted, overturned canoe viewed from one end. Go ahead. I dare ya. SOLD
Sailboats, Lake Harriet,7 x 11 oil on panel. One of my favorite light effects is when the setting sun lights the opposite side of a lake. SOLD
The Island, 12 x 16 oil on panel SOLD
Spring on Minnehaha Creek,8 x 10 oil on panel SOLD
Sunset on the North Shore, 18.5 x 9.25 oil on panel The sky over Lake Superior offers a spectacle of weather changes and clouds. This was purchased by a patron as a gift for her meteorologist husband. I’m sure he could explain why the clouds seem to mirror the Sawtooth Mountains that run along the shoreline. SOLD
Lake of the Isles Autumn,12 x 16 oil on panel SOLD
North Shore Rocks and Water,36 x 24 oil on panel SOLD
November Color, 16 x 12 oil on panel SOLD
Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, 12 x 16 oil on panel It was brutally windy when I painted this stunning beach. By the end of the day, my gear, hair, clothes—and the painting—were permeated with sand. It didn't hurt the painting, but the camera was toast. SOLD
Portaging,10 x 8 oil on panel SOLD
Bridge at Lake of the isles,12 x 16 oil on panel This lagoon, which connects two lakes in the Uptown area of Minneapolis, offered much to paint: canoes, reflections and lilypads. SOLD
Aqua Petit, 12 x 16 oil on panel Painted in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. I loved the challenge of drawing the perspective on this sweet little dingy. It had sneaky, subtle, elegant curves that belied its humble appearence.
A Little Island, Seagull Lake,12 x 20 oil on panel When I was motoring through this little channel, my outboard's propeller hit some rocks. So I figured this was a good place to paint. Beautiful clouds and a variety of nicely shaped rocks. From this point west (to the right in the picture), is the nearly pristine, no-motors-allowed Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. SOLD
Summer, Minnehaha Falls 1, 12 x 16 oil on panel A favorite subject of mine here in Minneapolis, I realized that I've almost exclusively painted the falls in winter. Past summers have been so dry that the trickle just wasn't interesting. The summer of 2011 has been plenty wet. We've had so much rain, I wish we could send some to our friends in drought stricken areas.
South Beach, 7 x 11 oil on panel No, not Miami. Lovely Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. I liked the wet figures coming in and out of the shadows. SOLD
Sun, Water, Rocks 1, 12 x 16 oil on panel This is a study of the effects of reflection, transparency, and sun on water. SOLD
His and Hers,16 x 20 oil on panel This was painted during a plein air event in Easton, Maryland, on the eastern shore. My hosts had a refreshing backyard pool that I just had to be near, with the humidity and temps near 100.
Dawn on the Kaiping River,8 x 10 oil on panel Painted on location in Kaiping, China. That's east of the immense city of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province. And that's just west of Hong Kong. The lovely orange tone in the atmosphere may be hazy and romantic, but it's smog. Funny, the same thing is going on in Monet's famous impressionistic painting, "Impression, Sunrise." The location is the port of Le Havre, his hometown. Monet was celebrating all the commerce and industry going on there. He was proud of the smog. SOLD
Big Sur, 12 x 20 oil on panel Painted as the early morning sun shined between the mountains near the shore. The Pacific Coast Highway is amazing. SOLD
Yacht at Building 4 Painted in Door County, Wisconsin at one of the many small harbor towns, I was interested in the perspective, the scale, and the contrast of this big honkin' thing on those colorful little jacks. SOLD
Hovland Dock, 16 x 20 oil on panel SOLD
First Freeze on Minnehaha Creek, 12 x 16 oil on panel My first venture out in the cold that year, the creek was just starting to freeze over. I like drawing the perspective of the patterns of water and ice fading into the distance. SOLD
The Trudy S, 12 x 16 oil on panel This was painted in Morro Bay, California in the morning. I don't have a personal affinity for boats, but they sure offer a fun drawing challenge. SOLD
Bateau, 8 x 10 oil on panel This little darling was made by hand at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. SOLD
Cave Point, Door County, Wisconsin, 12 x 16 oil on panel SOLD
Lake Harriet Water Pump, 11 x 14 oil on panel SOLD
Laguna Shore 2006, 12 x 16 oil on panel Earlier on this day, I had enjoyed lunch with painter John Cosby, and he was gracious enough to give me a critique of paintings I had done that week. He said I needed to work on my surf, so I went out and painted this. SOLD
Harbor at St. Ives, Cornwall, England, 16 x 12 oil on panel SOLD
Lily Pads, 11 x 14 oil on panel SOLD
15-Horse Merc, 12 x 16 oil on panel Verticals, horizontals, blips of primary colors — all sitting on Hungry Jack Lake. I'm a happy camper when I can find unusual ways to present everyday subjects. Awarded the top prize at the 2011 Grand Marais, Minnesota plein air event. SOLD
Waiting, 12 x 16 oil on panel This dog posed while waiting for her master (the family member who feeds her) to return from a boat ride. SOLD
Lake Superior Glare, 8 x 10 oil on panel Somehow the sun soaked through a misty haze out on “Artist's Point” in Grand Marais, Minnesota. SOLD
Afternoon Light at the Campsite, 11 x 7 oil on panel This is from a series of small studies of scenes in the northwoods. Painters may find it interesting that I used no blues, only ivory black. It's amazing how cool it tints out. SOLD
Canoe, 8 x 10 oil on panel If you've ever carried an aluminum canoe for any distance, you know what a blessing these Kevlar babies are. Just don’t bash them into the rocks at portages. SOLD