I live on a lake in North Idaho. I moved here because I love the landscape and the big lake that makes this area so special. Trying to capture the motion and magic of water when painting is something I keep coming back to. First and foremost I want the painting to truly be a painting not a reproduction of a photograph. So I try to capture that sense of flow, reflection and light with gestural mark making. When it works it can be very exciting, this is a good example of a painting I feel was a real success.  This piece is painted on plexiglass mounted to a cradled wood panel with natural edges. It comes ready to hang.

- Brian Sostrom


Acrylic painting on acrylic paint on plexiglass

Signed on front

24" h x 24" w x 1" d
5 lbs. 0 oz.



Brian Sostrom
Sagle, Idaho

Getting to Know Brian

Brian Sostrom’s paintings of water and sky are not your typical picturesque seascapes. They use moody dark blue hues combined with a soft atmospheric sense of light to create something mysterious and mesmerizing. Painting with acrylic on both sides of a Plexiglas panel, Brian uses this clear surface to achieve a pronounced sense of depth and a translucent quality in the scenes. The cropped, square-format compositions do not depict distinct places, but rather seek to elicit a personal emotional response. Looking into the ripples of waves disappearing into a soft horizon, or the obscure, agitated clouds, there is an impression of both emptiness and eternity. Brian was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and his paintings are clearly inspired by the natural beauty of the region.