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  • Artist Adam Swanson, Kelley Gallery Art & Frame in Hudson, Roberts WI & Woodbury, MN

    *Artist: Adam Swanson

    My work addresses the future, fragility of the human presence, perseverance of nature and underlying threads of danger woven through societies. There is a deep relationship between art and science. The more we learn about our surroundings, where we came from and who we are, the more likely we will thrive in a universe of endless possibilities…

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  • Dull-Back-Home, Artist Ashley Dull, Kelley Gallery Art & Frame in Hudson, Roberts WI & Woodbury, MN

    *Artist: Ashley Dull

    Biography

     
    Growing up on a small farm in picturesque Northeast Iowa. Ashley has had a desire to create since she can remember. She took advantage of every opportunity to develop her talent, and by age nine had her first piece of artwork on public display. The beauty of nature that surrounded Ashley while growing up inspired many of her first works of art, and still serves as a basis for detail in many of her paintings. Knowing in her heart what her calling was, Ashley earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Luther College in Decorah, IA. Working today as a young and emerging artist, Ashley is located in the Twin Cities area.
     


    Artist Statement

     
    “Painting has brought me a sense of peace that I can find no where else. Somewhere between my head and my hand, the feeling of a connection to the earth and the images in my paintings come alive. I have a love for nature and all that it represents – calm, peace, love, joy, beauty, change, and new life. I hope to channel these feelings into all who view my work. We live in such a busy world where few places of simplicity and serenity seem to exist. Often we forget to slow down, step back, and enjoy the simple pleasures we are surrounded by each day. I want to be able to give people inspiration and a sense of reassurance that as we are all rooted in nature, and part of a bigger thing, faith will follow through in the end.
    As I slow my own life down to paint and let my passion help others come forth, I am always drawn back to the connection we, as humans, have to nature and the power it holds. As you will notice in many of my pieces, trees fascinate me and have become a huge part of how I paint and how I feel when I paint. The strength of a tree is amazingly similar to the strength of the human spirit and the constancy of God. Trees are always changing through the seasons and through cycles of life-they must adapt, heal, grow, sing, and dance. Yet, each day, they remain a sky-reaching pillar of strength. This peace, vigor, and new hope is what I wish to give to audiences. If I can help someone feel a connection to the world around us and a sense of purpose in this life, then I know I have done right by my talent.”
     


    Back Home | 20 x 16 | Oil

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  • Artist Barbara Lager, Kelley Gallery Art & Frame in Hudson, Roberts WI & Woodbury, MN

    *Artist: Barbara Lager

    Born and raised in Chicago, IL a graduate of Illinois State University. I have always been a creative spirit throughout my life in one form or another painting, poetry and music. Years of experimentation have gone into creating my unique mixed metal anodized metalscapes. Each piece is created by cutting and layering hand-anodized Niobium and Aluminum. The colorful pieces of metals are then chased, engraved, carefully drilled and riveted together. What inspires me to create each piece is my longing to make people smile and tell a whimsical tale. I have been selling my art successfully throughout the U.S. since 1990. I now reside in St. Paul, MN with my wonderfully creative husband Daniel and two sons Nick and Parker.

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  • Last Snow, First Greens by Ben Bauer, 10x8 Oil

    *Artist: Ben Bauer

    I am most interested as an artist in being inspired by a real situation and or idea and making my own reality of that specific moment, whether it be on location and or in the studio. Taking information from these ideas and making it/them lucid for the viewer which can in terms relate to a memory and or collective thought is always my driving factor.


    Education

    College: UW-Stout 2004 Graduate
    Major: Studio Art Painting Concentration
    2005 – Spring and Fall – 12 week Workshops with Marc Hanson – OPA


    Shows & Exhibitions

    2009 – Oil Painters of America – Eastern Regional Show – Corse Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
    2009- SAVAGE ART STUDIOS – SAVAGE, MN
    2009 – Oil Painters of America National Exhibition – Sage Creek Gallery – Santa Fe, NM
    2008 – SMALL WORKS NORTH AMERICA – GREENWICH WORKSHOP GALLERIES
    2008 – OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA – DANA GALLERY, MISSOULA, MT
    2008 – MINIATURE ART SHOW – KELLEY GALLERIES – WOODBURY, MN
    2007 – OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA – WHISTLE PIK GALLERY – FREDERICKSBURG, TX
    2007 – SALON INTERNATIONAL – GREENHOUSE GALLERY – SAN ANTONIO, TX
    2007 – SMALL WORKS NORTH AMERICA – GREENWICH WORKSHOP GALLERIES
    2007 – MINIATURE ART SHOW – KELLEY GALLERIES – WOODBURY,MN
    2006 – ONE MAN SHOW – KELLEY GALLERIES, STILLWATER,MN
    2004 – WILD WINGS FALL FESTIVAL, WILD WINGS GALLERY, LAKE CTY, MN


    Last Snow First Greens | 10 x 8 | Oil Framed
    at the Woodbury, MN Gallery

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  • Mooberry by Cece Thorpe, Kelley Gallery Art & Frame in Hudson, Roberts WI & Woodbury, MN

    *Artist: Cece Thorpe

    CeCe Thorpe grew up in St. Paul, MN in an artistic family. At an early age she developed a love of art. She graduated from the St Cloud State, with a Communication -French degree with a Minor in Art History. After Graduation, she moved to Paris, France. There, she became immersed in the culture, meeting some of the local artists and spending Sundays at the Louvre Museum. After retuning she worked in television with some of the local shows, starting with ABC’s Good Company. Cece took painting workshops in Hudson area and has set on developing her style. She started with oil paintings of: giraffes, herons, cape buffalos and roosters.
    Cece’s style is a combination of painterly realism, with a focus on expression and individual personality in all of her animal faces. She achieves this by starting with a good drawing, then pushing around the paint with a pallet knife…like frosting a cake. She also likes to play with color, resulting in whimsical and colorful paintings. She finds inspiration in everything, and complete joy in the painting process. Each oil painting is infused with an essential oil to fully involve the senses. She also works with acrylic paint, doing a style called an acrylic pour and is having fun teaching her two young children the style.
     

    MooBerry | 20×20 | Acrylic on Canvas
    At the Hudson, WI Gallery

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  • Artist CeCeile Hartleib, Kelley Gallery Art & Frame in Hudson, Roberts WI & Woodbury, MN

    *Artist: CeCeile Hartleib

    Biography
    CeCeile Hartleib is an accomplished representational artist who has been painting professionally for over 25 years. Her love of nature is evident in her Plein-air landscapes that include some of her favorite subjects: water lilies, garden scenes and people in nature. She paints outdoors year-round in Minnesota and in other parts of the country. Because of her exceptional ability to capture personality on canvas, she is also in demand as a portrait painter.
     
    The Classical Realist tradition in which Hartleib has been trained began in the seventeenth century. Rigorous training in the basics – value, composition, accuracy of line, and impressionistic color – is the hallmark of this method. Hartleib’s search for such training first led her to Allan R. Banks, an accomplished naturalist painter with whom she studied part-time for 4 years in Sandusky, Ohio. In 1987, she moved from Ohio to Minnesota to further immerse herself in the Classical Realist tradition and continue her training at Atelier LeSueur which was located in Excelsior, Minnesota, near the Twin Cities. After completing the full-time 4-year atelier program, she spent an additional year in intensive study with renowned artist Stephen Gjertson of Minneapolis. Hartleib’s work reflects her admiration of the works of Sargent, Cassatt, Corot, and Monet.
     
    Hartleib teaches plein-air landscape and watercolor painting through The Atelier in Minneapolis. CeCeile is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Outdoor Painters of Minnesota, Minnesota Watercolor Society, and the St. Paul Art Collective. She has won numerous awards for her work, which is exhibited in galleries and hangs in private and corporate collections in North America, Europe, and the Orient.
     
    Artist’s Statement
     
    For me, painting is about seeing – about telling a story, conveying a mood or feeling, or simply expressing my love of nature. I am happiest when I get lost in my work, spending hours without realizing time has passed. I enjoy getting to know people while they sit for portraits and my work reflects this. In my landscape work I like painting beautiful sunsets and the many moods that nature creates. Often the way light falls across forms is enough to capture my attention and make me want to express my experiences or feelings in paint.

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  • Artist Christina Keith, Kelley Gallery Art & Frame in Hudson, Roberts WI & Woodbury, MN

    *Artist: Christina Keith

    Christina is a Minnesota-based, multidisciplinary artist and high school drawing, painting, and digital art teacher. She loves working in the field of education, because it allows her to share her passion for art with so many inspirational people while continuing to learn and refine her artistic process.

    While Christina works across several media, her emphasis is in painting. She frequently works in oil, acrylic, and watercolor and is currently exploring mixed media practices that pair traditional painting techniques with various digital art and image transferring methods.

    Christina gathers visual inspiration from her local surroundings and daily observations. Her most recent work explores the connections between place and memory through the pairing of Midwestern maps with related landscape and imagery.

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  • Artist Dakota Finn, Kelley Gallery Art & Frame in Hudson, Roberts WI & Woodbury, MN

    *Artist: Dakota Finn

    Dakota Finn’s earliest memories involve drawing -always drawing. His Father still recounts in amazement at his natural ability, even as a young boy, to properly render the human figure. Since early youth, supported by the encouragement of his grandmother who painted beside him, Dakota Finn has engaged in an artistic dialogue with his surroundings. For Dakota, art came naturally. It is a gift. And that gift compels him to be the best Artist he can be. Using color, light, and form, his work celebrates the beauty and the poignancy of the seemingly commonplace. Here is an artist who delights in color and shape, whose technique is classically based with a fresh, impressionistic flair, and whose work virtually sings of his personal love affair with life.

    Dakota says of his process “Being an artist is doing what comes naturally. My subjects choose me-their patterns and shapes, their sense of rhythm and movement, inspire my creative energy. Pastel and acrylic allow me to capture the immediacy of the experience.”

    Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dakota graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Landscape Architecture. After college, he attended the Art Students League of Denver, Colorado. There he studied under the tutelage of Ramon Kelly, Doug Dawson, and Kim English, who to this day considers his mentors in the fine art world. After his upbringing in New Mexico, he has made Denver his home and works in his quaint studio with his constant studio companion Penny, his pint-sized yorkiepoo muse. His passion for art is ever present, his business acumen has cultivated a strong loyal national and local following.

    To better know Dakota Finn and his deepest passion, know and enjoy his art. Professionally, Dakota finds that his artistic eye inspires him most of all. “I never know what is going to catch my eye and love that fact as it always keeps my art new and exciting”. Being a full-time professional artist since 2006 his years of painting and perfecting his craft, trusting his eye has taken his art to new levels of expression in areas not only in the realm of representational art but abstract as well. Personally, Dakota feels his attention to his ever-present now inspires him most. He allows whatever is gets his attention at that moment to be his guide to an abundant wonderfully fulfilled and happy journey.

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  • Artist Daniel Lager, Kelley Gallery Art & Frame in Hudson, Roberts WI & Woodbury, MN

    *Artist: Daniel Lager

    Born and residing in St. Paul, Minnesota I studied at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in the early 1980’s and have displayed my art nationally for the past 32 years. As a conceptualist artist the images in my mind speak louder than words. I love to explore the simple patterns and colors in nature as I paint from the mind’s eye…

    My art involves the technique of reverse painting on acrylic glass with acrylic paint. I paint the foreground and details first and paint the background last. I define each concept with an eye for simple concepts and the taste for rich color to set the mood.

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  • Rolling Hills II by Jeff Koehn, 36x48 Acrylic, Kelley Gallery Art & Frame in Hudson, Roberts WI & Woodbury, MN

    *Artist: Jeff Koehn

    Jeff Koehn is one of a few younger artists that have captured the interest of gallery owners and art lovers across the country. Jeff was born in 1968 in Duluth, Minnesota and was raised in Marionette, Wisconsin. He became interested in drawing at the age of three and his first grade teacher was prescient when she told him he would be a famous artist some day.

    Jeff received his formal art education from the Art Institute of Colorado, where he graduated with honors in December of 1995. While at the Art Institute, he received extensive training in Pastel, Oil and Acrylic Painting from world-renowned artists Doug Dawson, Lynn Kircher and Don Long. In 1995 he was awarded 1st Place in the national Creative “Genie” Student Competition.

    Jeff’s style has evolved from early emphasis on photo-realism with the use of pastels in portraits. His earlier illustrative work has appeared in numerous publications. As he shifted to oil and acrylics, he has become absorbed with the excitement of color and texture, refining his paintings with dry brush techniques that lend both complexity and subtlety to his distinctive style.

    His influences come from Vermeer’s use of light spilling across his paintings, and also from John Singer Sargent’s lush portraits. Much of his inspiration comes from his love of nature and the outdoors. He walks daily through the woods watching the way the light reflects off leaves and different textures, and is passionate about the different colors that appear in the shadows of nature.

    Jeff’s immediate and enthusiastic reception in the gallery community is a portend of an artist on the rise.

    “Painting is like making music to me and it is like performing
    a dance. It is an outlet to express raw emotion and to invoke
    mystery. I invite the viewer to probe that mystery,
    to feel the rhythm and to see the lyrics come
    to life on the canvas.”

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  • Artist Julie Schroeder, Kelley Gallery Art & Frame in Hudson, Roberts WI & Woodbury, MN

    *Artist: Julie Schroeder

    Raised on the outskirts of a Canadian town in the late 50’s, Julie’s love of nature grew as she explored the surrounding woods, fields, creeks, and shorelines, bringing home everything from fossils to tadpoles. Helen and John Albert just smiled and shook their heads as their daughter brought home yet another surprise from the wilds.
     
    “The delicious beauty of a wild strawberry, the song of a redwing blackbird and melting spring snow in the mountains still inspire me. I always loved art, and as a teenager did sketches, colored pencil drawings and using a candle to melt crayons, combined them with leaves, moss, and other natural objects. I fell in love with watercolor in my late teens, and discovered how amazing it is to express nature through this medium.”
     
    While completing her undergraduate work in geography, her eyes turned to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. She spent every summer trekking through the woodlands, meadows and peaks of the alpine country, and her love for nature turned into a passion for the wild places. This is still expressed in her art today. During her collage years, she tried parachuting, hang gliding and got her certification as a scuba diver. Exploring the ocean with sea turtles, sharks and giant manta rays has also been one of her favorite pastimes.
     
    After getting a degree in teaching, her first job was with the Inuit in Arctic Canada. The 5 years of living with the people of the far north became one of the most profound experiences in her life. “I can still hear the Canadian geese as they return in the spring to nest on the tundra, the wind as it howls across the treeless land, the echoing sound of walking across the frozen snow and the laughter of the Inuit children. The taste of wild arctic char and bannock while we ice fished in spring is unforgettable. The blue Hudson Bay ice reflecting into frozen sundogs, the haunting sight of thousands of caribou in the fading arctic light and of course the mystifying dance of the multicolored northern lights, you’ll make them dance- so there we were on night, standing outside at 40 below (with most of the village) all looking up at the lights, everyone whistling at the sky.”
     
    Julie has read extensively and studied under nationally known artists Jan Foss, Karlyn Holman, Barry Lovegrove, Jan Fabian Wallake, Karen Knudsen, Bob Burridge, Nita Engle and Tom Lynch. “I’ll always be grateful to Jan for her many years of patient guidance and to Karlyn for her encouragement, generosity, and for inspiring me with her endless enthusiasm and pure joy for creating.” Julie’s art has moved through different seasons in the 30 years since she bought her 1st set of “real” paints. Her painting approach has developed to a loose and free style, interpreting nature sometimes using collage along with paint. Julie is teaching classes and workshops and is a member of Northstar Watercolor Society and the Minnesota Watercolor Society.
     
    It was during one of her summers in the Rocky Mountains of Waterton Lakes that she met her husband Dan who shares her passion for nature. Now, together with their sons, Michael and David, and their golden retriever, they travel, collect fossils and explore the natural and hidden places together. She continues to find her inspiration in nature from the cosmic beauty of space to the fragileness of a tiny flower.

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  • River Island - edit

    *Artist: Larry Durfey

    Larry Durfey now resides in Holmen, WI, but was born Lake Geneva, WI and grew up in White Water, WI.
    He has a degree in Commercial Art from MATC, Madison WI
    His first job was that of a Creative Artist for Ray-O-Vac in Madison and worked with accounts such as Sears, K-Mart, Pulsar, Burlington Northern as well as many others. While there he received awards for layout and design, product design, display design, packaging, photography and developed 23 nationally known logos.
    He moved to Green Lake, WI and worked for Fabrico, a mfg of cloth Advertising Specialties. He worked there for close to 18 years as an art director, then moving into R &D as well as Sales. He again received awards for catalog design, as well as winning 4 awards from PPAI for Most Creative New Products, 4 years in a row. While there he designed over 400 new innovative products, at this time he is now at 559 new products to his created.
    He has had many positions since then, from Regional Sales Manager, National Sales Manager and V.P. of Sales for several companies in the Midwest. He has also worked as a consultant in many areas. Larry is known for his speaking abilities, doing 9 years in a seminar group call SASSY and was rated to be in the top 5 speakers in the Promotional Products Industry in the 90’s. Larry held the position of chair holder in Color Marketing International for about 9 years. At that time making him one of the top color experts. He has also freelanced over the years and worked with such firms and people as, Stanton and Lee Publishing, Owen Gromme, Glen and Bernard Loates, Red Wing Shoes, Bill Edwards and John Smith just to name a few.
    Photography has always been a big part of his life but never a full time career. He helped to teach his college photo classes. Has also led adult photo classes and participated as an officer in both Advertising Associations and photo clubs over the years. His first paid photo assignment was for Playboy magazine doing a location test shoot in WI. He has had photos published in several publications, magazines and newspapers.
    Now, he has developed a new process that combines both photography and art into one unique image. This process does NOT use any computer enhancement software such as Photoshop, Corel Draw or the like. The process is a chemical reaction, making every photo print different and unique. From close up these photo prints look like modern abstract art yet from a few feet away they revert back to what looks like a normal photograph. He uses the phrase Abstract-Realism to describe these results. To fully enjoy this photo prints please view them from both close up (about two feet) and from a few feet away (ten or more feet).

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