In the spring of 1990, I studied at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design for one semester. However influential, city life was not for me. I longed to be back in the Northwoods and decided to continue my schooling at Nicolet College in Rhinelander, WI. I spent five semesters in Rhinelander. Then, I finished my Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997 from UW Green Bay, where I spent time studying art abroad in England.
I currently work at our family business and operate the Armstrong Creek Bison Ranch along with my father and brother. Evenings and every spare minute I have I paint. It does not sound like much, but two to four hours a night during the long winters of Wisconsin makes for good art. Some of my work is created in my studio and some is created Plein Air.
I have works in the permanent collection of University of Wisconsin Green Bay and Bay College in Iron Mountain, MI. Some of my works are available at Galleries in Wisconsin such as The Flying Pig in Algoma, The Moon Deer Gallery in Boulder Junction, The Big Easel in Wabeno and the Art Garage in Green Bay. I have recently started to showcase my work online.
In 2010, I won first place at The Shawano Art Fair in Shawano, WI., The Major purchase award at Art For All at Bay College in Iron Mountain, MI, and received an honorable mention at Paint The Town Plein Air Competition in Plymouth, WI. During 2011, I won first place in painting at Art for All at Bay College in Iron Mountain, MI. I won first place on the “Quick Paint” during the Port Wing Plein Air Competition. In August, I placed first at the Pewaukee Area Arts Council Plein Air Competition. And in December I was accepted into Richeson’s 75 Online Animals, Birds, and Wildlife Show.
I paint what I love and what moves me. My mission is to show beauty in the ordinary, to allow the viewer to experience an image they see every day in a new way. I work in acrylics on canvas and Masonite boards. I like to work in landscapes mainly, but I have been pushing myself and have expanded into portraits and still life. Recently, I have been studying the works of Nicolai Fechin. His work inspires me to be more reckless in my use of color. I am always looking to create a mood or atmosphere in my work; invoke a feeling. I believe color can stand alone to convey a mood in a piece of work. I like to play with color using the many warm and cold tones to explore an image. By texturing my canvases I have enhanced the mood and feeling of my work. The most recent theme I have been working on is mankind and what we discard, what we leave behind and how we fit in. I find a great deal of beauty in our rusted autos and vacant buildings which some might never notice.
University Wisconsin - Green Bay
Bachelor of Arts, 1996