|Crossroads at Bubbling Springs 24" x 30" - $14,000|
|My wife Natalie once said to me, "People make art for many different reasons" and when I was younger, the simple desire to study form or make a cloud float was enough to send me on my merry way. I miss the simplicity of being so easily engaged and entertained.|
It may sound strange or possibly even precious to some of you, but at this point in my life the idea of simply "making pictures" does little for me. The pull of my life now guides me (whether I like it or not) to the conclusion that painting without some deep connection is simply a waste of my time.
Though I am drawn to that "something more" I can't often identify what it is unless I wander and listen & feel.
It was Corot who said "Be guided by feeling alone." In my case, thought always follows feeling and explains why so much idea or concept-driven work has always left me cold.
The recent tragic passing of a friend and my own life challenges have given me much to think about: what's real? what is truly of value?
Though I am not often given to visual metaphor, I was pulled to paint this crossroads. I suppose I was drawn to the complexity and connected beauty of it's path.
For me, creation rarely occurs without friction.
|Feed Station in Autumn 24" x 30" - $13,000|
|This Fall will mark the beginning of my 19th year teaching in Minnesota.|
A special thanks to Pat & Jeff Jerde of the Minnesota River School who offered me a beginning all those years ago with a teaching position and a place to stay to get my start.
I have had the good fortune to not only work with but actually train many of you who are out there doing fine work and feeding your soul. It's the best job I've ever had.
Please note: Last semester I had a waiting list for the classes, so please do not wait to register - it's first-come, first-serve.
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Madeline Island, WI
5-Day Plein Air Workshop
August 11 - 15, 2014
|Boathouse, Lake Carlos 8" x 10.25" - $2,700|
|This will be my first time teaching at the Madeline Island School of Arts and I look forward to the opportunity. You will be introduced to the Prismatic Palette and there will be a specific focus on dealing with those pesky greens. |
Only a couple spaces still available. More details here.
Chatham Creative Arts Center
4-Day Plein Air Workshop
Tuesday-Friday, September 23-26, 2014
|Gray Morning, Chatham 8" x 12" - $3300|
|It's hard to beat painting in the land of Edward Hopper in September.|
The light is glorious and the crowds are gone, a real taste of New England.
Note to students: Teaching is tailored to your level so all levels are welcome. My only requirement is that you enter the class humble to nature and open to new information.
More details here.
Location: To Be Determined
Week of October 13
|Brooklyn Diptych: Two paintings, Domino Sugar 18" x 24" |
& Williamsburg Bridge 18" x 24" - $17,000
|I am currently working on details for a possible Plein Air workshop for the week of October 13th. And will keep you posted.|
|View from Devils Elbow 28" x 22" - $12,000|
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