Whether you’re shopping for local art or looking for something fun to do, we welcome artists, residents, and visitors of the Twin Cities to our galleries in Woodbury, MN, and Hudson, WI. At our gallery, you’ll find original works of art, prints, posters, as well as unique furniture and home decor offerings.
Susan lives in the west Michigan area with her husband, George and son Paul. Originally from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, Susan has been painting professionally since 1990. She has enjoyed a steady rise in popularity with the majority of her limited edition prints selling out within the first two years of their release.
Susan’s style of painting is a combination of two seemingly different qualities. Her attention to intricate details provides the viewer with an array of defined focal points, yet each painting is painted in an approachable setting evoking an emotionally peaceful feeling.
Susan’s work can be found in fine galleries and private collections throughout the United States.
Scott Lloyd Anderson
In 2001, after 22 years as a magazine designer, I left my computer to go outside and paint. It didn’t take long to realize that nature never fails to reward and challenge an artist: constantly changing colors, light, and atmosphere. Cold and wind. Bugs.
I practice an approach to landscape painting that centers around a color theory with roots in fin de siecle France. I studied with Joseph Paquet in St. Paul, who trained under John Phillip Osborne at the Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey. Osborne’s philosophy came from his training with Arthur Maynard, who learned under Frank Vincent Dumond, a renowned artist/teacher at the Art Students League in New York. Dumond had studied in the classical tradition at the Academie Julian in France, and was influenced by the new Impressionist ideas regarding color and light. Upon returning to America, Dumond taught in Old Lyme, Connecticut, which became a magnet for American landscape painters.
My practice emphasizes painting on location, accurate draftsmanship, and ideas about composition that I learned during my years as an art director. My paintings are impressionistic in that they describe a particular day’s weather, light, and atmosphere, and realistic in that they show the world as it is. In addition, I use the language of landscape to express abstract notions about color, form, design—as well as for the luscious feel of oil paint on canvas.
When I’m not outside painting, I can usually be found in my studio at my south Minneapolis home. This is where I paint large paintings, prepare boards and canvases, and store junk. It also serves as a gallery where I hold studio sales several times a year.
Any description of my work as a painter wouldn’t be complete without introducing my wife, Kristi. In addition to running her graphic design business, Two Spruce Design, Kristi helps me with framing, pricing, hanging and promoting shows, and other aspects of marketing my work.
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.
I am a university watercolor professor from Mahtomedi MN, who fell in love with encaustic. It is my goal to share this remarkable, ancient Greek art form with those who appreciate the “old” becoming contemporary.
I believe art represents society’s aspiration for the highest interaction a culture can attain. Art is originating from the love of creating and the essence of the higher self. Encaustic art represents my way of enjoying and making the world a more beautiful place in which to live.
I am an abstract painter whose interest and inspiration lie in the process of the pictures I create. Often, I paint with a particular living space in mind and choose colors and design elements to fit the space and décor, regardless of whether the space actually exists or is purely imaginary.
I paint on wood panels. The rigidity of the wood surface allows me to aggressively scrape and sand the work as I build or deconstruct layers of paint or plaster, depending on the painting. At times the natural wood grain becomes part of the work. Texture and vivid color are hallmarks of my paintings, and I am constantly experimenting with various combinations of paint, plaster, and polyurethane finishes.
I often incorporate the technique of stenciling into my work – using shapes cut from cardboard or lace-type fabric. In many of my paintings I use flexible mesh material, which I paint through and upon, to produce texture, depth, and additional layers of interest. I also work with construction plaster, mixing it with various paints and polyurethane finishes for added texture and complexity. And at times, ash material is also used to add texture.
I enjoy creating larger scale, multi-panel paintings which are ideal for corporate / commercial settings and homes with large walls and open areas. Aside from residential installations, my paintings can also be found in a variety of businesses in the Iowa-Nebraska-South Dakota tri-state region – ranging from hospitals; law, architect and realty offices; a chain of jewelry stores; a hospital; and colleges. Over the years I have completed a number of commissioned paintings, specifically created to complement existing décor. I also design custom portrait collages which combine original paintings and Xerox images.
Hello! I am Rick Brack and I am a Christian, and I have been a business owner in the construction field for almost 20 years, and I really enjoy working with my hands! While on a project for a friend, it was he that came up with the idea for me, actually. Maybe I could create art from stone or granite, and there you have it! Stumbling Stone Crosses was born. My first thought was to make crosses. From then on my imagination has been exploding with thoughts of designs and styles to create crosses for you.
Family, friends and clients have been very excited about my creations which gave me the courage to market them to others who might feel the same way. I hope you enjoy my crosses as much as I enjoy making them for you! Check with Kelley Gallery frequently as new crosses are continually added in different sizes, colors and material combinations and designs. May God bless you!
Hello, I am Janet Brack, Rick’s wife. I have been a Christian since 1991. I prayed for a loving, Godly husband with excellent character that was able to talk about the Lord with others in his business. God answered my prayers when I met Rick! I am a creative person in terms of being visual and am good with colors, and decorating within the home. I enjoy it when Rick and I take the pictures of the crosses together, but what I enjoy the most is when we choose the granite and stone from our sources. This is a fun and interesting process since there are usually some pieces of stone that one of us adores and the other just does not “see” it. But when the crosses are made, wow! They come to life and we both love them! I also love coordinating color schemes with Rick for the individual crosses, and both of us have the knack, or should I say God’s gift, of visualizing which style cross should be cut from each stone.
I am so proud of Rick, my beloved husband! He amazes me with all of the designs he comes up with. I have come up with a few, or I may have some finishing touch ideas, but he runs circles around me in this area. He truly is an artist!
Connor Dainty, also known as “Phib” is a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in mixed media painting & collage art. Born in St. Paul (93′) Connor has always looked to creative forms of expression as hobbies. His journey into fine art started with an x-acto knife, a cork board, and a decade’s worth of vintage national geographics, where he learned to manipulate old photographs into surreal, blissful worlds.
He went on to create nearly a thousand collages in this style, garnering much interest along the way. But working in such inherently small dimensions was proving to be limiting. He began painting avidly in 2017, searching through styles and mediums at a rapid pace. Connor embraces imperfections on a large scale, maintaining what feels naturally chaotic yet serene. The dynamics of the different mediums used creates a playground of textures that draws the viewer into its nuances. Although he is still young, Connor has consistently proven to be prolific and determined; arranging a handful of DIY installations over the years. Though quarantine has proven creatively fruitful, Connor is excited to explore his work with the public in future galleries and events.
As a self- taught Twin Cities artist, Michael DeMeglio has studied extensively and is inspired by old masters of both expressionist and impressionist movements to paint with feeling more than precision. Michael hails originally from the Detroit area where his Italian background and family appreciation of artwork taught him a spicy love of color. He studied Graphic Design at Gallaudet University but finds his happiness in the freedom of paint and ink. Michael’s work was featured on the 2015 St Paul Jazz Festival poster, and has Limited edition Wine Labels made for Cracked Barrel Winery. When not painting, Michael is a deaf-blind intervener where he works closely with students who have visual and auditory loss.
Michael does not limit his works to a specific medium, instead choosing acrylic, oil, watercolor or sketch as the piece calls for it. Some of Michael’s paintings will include an amalgamation of three or more mediums to achieve the depth of color and texture that he is feeling. From the joys of a spontaneous jig in the streets to the speakeasy culture of the roaring 20’s you can find the very definition of each painting illustrated to give it life.
Inspired by nature, Noah has an impressionistic style that borders the edge of abstraction. He creates landscapes and florals with bold colors and a sense of movement that draw you deep into the work. His energetic compositions are rendered with vibrant color, vitality, and spontaneity. Noah’s textured canvases are created by layering pigments with both palette knife and brush, resulting in exciting landscapes, rich in depth and vibrancy. He has developed his technique using oil and oil sticks, pastel, graphite, acrylic and cold wax.
After graduating from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and receiving a BFA, Noah attended Chicago Institute of Decorative Finishing, and School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Noah Desmond has won many regional awards and scholarships, such as the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design Merit Scholarship and the Blatz Foundation Scholarship. His work has been published in American Art Collector, Art and Antiques and Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles. Noah contributes a monthly article to Southern Distinction.
Throughout the past 3 years, Noah has studied classical realism with Tony Ryder in Santa Fe. He feels this passion of his helps him master his skills in all areas of painting. Some of his heroes are Richard Diebenkorn and Pierre Bonnard.
Noah has spent time living in Colorado, New Mexico, Florida and Georgia. Where ever he lands, he finds inspiration in the world around him. He is recognized for his painterly approach and freshness to his work, earning him a place in corporate as well as private collections.
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. She is currently showing her art at local and out of state galleries, and gave her first solo art show Fall 2007.
“I have a love for nature and all that it represents – calm, peace, joy, beauty, change, and new life. I hope to channel these feelings into all who view my work. I also wish to send a special message with my art. Hidden within each painting you will find a bible verse. This is another way of expressing myself and acknowledging my God-given gift.”
“Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.” Emily Dickenson
There comes a time in a spiritual journey when you start making choices from a very different place. And if a choice lines up so that it supports truth, health, and happiness, wisdom and love, it’s the right choice. Angeles Arrien (Anthropologist)
Patricia Duncan is a representational pastel and oil painter. Growing up on the prairies of South Dakota, her interest for drawing and painting was sparked from a very early age. Currently living part of her time in the beautiful St. Croix Valley of Northwest Wisconsin and surrounded by lakes and Wisconsin farmland, this place continues to nurture her love for the outdoors and is a continual source of inspiration.
With the opportunity to live abroad in London, England and her extensive travel to various parts of the world, these opportunities have provided many subjects to draw from for inspiration. She is particularly drawn to cultural diversity when picking her subject matter. She prefers painting natural landscape, people, animals, architecture and still life.
With Patricia’s interest in art since childhood, to further her education in the arts, she pursued a fine arts degree at the University of Utah in the performing arts ballet division. Through these experiences, her passion and desire to continue to develop her artistic endeavors grew stronger. After raising five children, her life long dream is being realized to pursue her art.
She has participated in classes and workshops taught by nationally and internationally known artists. Patricia continues to train extensively under Plein Air Painters of America signature artist, Joseph Paquet and portrait/still life artist Jeff Hurinenko. Her desire to refine her drawing and painting skills is evident to her commitment to artistic growth.
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 an 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 gets his attention at that moment to be his guide to an abundant wonderfully fulfilled and happy journey.
Born in Italy, I came to Minnesota when I was 8 months old. As long as I could remember, I’ve always loved horses. I grew up in the city and the closest thing to having a horse was to draw them. My career as an artist started similar to many, with drawing on the walls of my bedroom at the age of 2.
At the age of 16, I received my 1st real commission. Charlie was a thoroughbred race horse owner and wanted me to draw a picture of his horse after seeing me doodling my horses while I was at work. This kicked my career off. Before I knew it, there were many horse trainers, breeders and owners, contacting me about drawing their horse, too. What a great part time
job to have while I was in school.
Once I got out of college and was working in the “real” world, (real meaning what people expect you to do), I gave up my art to work in the world of business. Once again, someone saw me doodling at work, and again I was pulled back into drawing horse portraits. I always looked forward to my next portrait, as I had so much fun with each one.
Searching for an art school was harder than I thought. I serendipitously met artist Jeffrey Larson at Kelley Gallery. He told me about the prestigious school he attended in Minneapolis, Atelier Lack (Now, the Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art.) I called that very day to register for part time classes. I knew the moment I walked into the school that this was what I had been waiting for. I completed the 5 year full time program in 2009.
In 2005, I painted the very well known portrait of Santa in Hudson, WI, which Kelley Galleries made prints of. In the summer of 2006, I started horse portraits again, now in oil. Who would have ever thought a little girl who was drawing horses on her bedroom wall would have turned into a full time career as an artist? What more could a little girl ask for?
– Nanci Fulmek
Tanya has always appreciated and collected fine art. After years in the restaurant business and in marketing, she became worn out at the very prospect of continuing in those fields. One day, she happened upon some art at a gallery, and was smitten by it. She left her name and number hoping to apprentice. Almost two YEARS later, she got the call.
After apprenticing with Dennis Berry and learning the fine process of enameling, she became convinced that she had finally found her calling. She also learned that glass and copper fused together create extraordinary visual effects. No two designs are ever the same.
She has a studio in Deephaven, Minnesota. In addition to creating art, she loves traveling, reading, gardening and ‘hanging out’ with her family. She is married with 2 teenagers. Her husband often puts in endless hours helping build frames and glue art. His support and that of her family is paramount to her success.
Tanya was born and raised in the Twin City area. She also spent several of her formative years living in Germany. She attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with degrees in Marketing and Psychology.
I am a Minnesota-based artist who creates locally-inspired mixed media paintings and hand-thrown stoneware. Within my paintings, I explore the relationship that exists between physical location, memory, and identity. The places we inhabit and the experiences we have within them undoubtedly influence our understandings, ideas, and who we become. Within my work, I pair landscape images with regionally-specific maps, documents, and both natural and industrial objects to develop a sense of place. While many of my pieces represent my own place-based recollections, I often collaborate with clients to symbolize their own noteworthy locations and related memories.
Rick Kelley’s art is a visual journal of his life’s travels, experiences, philosophies and adventures. Every creation evokes a fond memory that Rick admires, preserves, and respects.
Rick’s approach is to capture the emotion in each animal, whether it is the serenity of the loon, the majesty of the bald eagle or the stealth power of the gray wolf. These visions and strong emotions coupled with Kelley’s scientifically and proportionately correct images have made him a nationally recognized and critically acclaimed wildlife artist.
Rick began his quest to be an artist out of a love for nature at the early age of ten. He continued to paint through school, and after graduation Kelley took advantage of his father’s transfer to Montana. There he used Montana’s beauty as a backdrop and inspiration for his work. After studying at Eastern Montana University, Rick set out on his own. Less than ten years later in 1980, he began painting professionally.
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.
A graduate from the University of Minnesota, Ken has a degree in Arts Administration with a concentration in Studio Arts in Photography and Film. While there, he studied and worked under Gary Hallman and Saul Warkov.
He served as the PromotionalDirector and staff photographer for the St. Paul Opera Association, and the Information Officer and photographer for the Minnesota Office on Volunteer Services. His photography has appeared in numerous publications; local and national newspapers and magazines, including Time, Opera News, Opera Canada, High Fidelity Magazine, and WCCO TV.
His images have been shown at the Coffman Union Gallery, University of Minnesota; Theatre in the Round; Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson Hospital; Hudson Public Library: and Westfields Hospital; Clark County Spring Art Tour; and currently on display in the Clark County Cultural Art Center (CART).
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.
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.
I can’t remember exactly when I started painting, it’s been a part of my life for so long. Growing up in Colorado, I was surrounded by parents and siblings who were creative and encouraging, so that became a natural part of my life too. When I was about ten years old, my mom who recognized a spark of talent, arranged private lessons in oil painting from an older gentleman who was an amazing artist. He was a kind and gracious teacher and I learned so much from him over many years as his student.
I loved the look of oils, but disliked the clean-up and the toxicity, so as a teen I began to dabble in acrylics, adding gel mediums to replicate the look and texture of oil painting. Today my medium remains the same.
There have been times over the years where I’ve set painting aside for other artistic endeavors. Using natural materials like birchbark, antlers, and leather, I made baskets and lampshades that sold in high-end boutiques throughout the United States. I feel very fortunate that throughout my life, creativity and the work of my hands has given my financial independence while allowing me to work with my family and my husband.
About six years ago, I met Hudson artist, Jim Burnley, like my instructor so many years ago, he was gracious in imparting his knowledge of painting. I was so impressed by not only the quality and quantity of paintings he had done, but also by the breadth of his subject matter – he painted everything! Meeting him coupled with a desire to teach my children, led me to take up painting again. I started teaching children’s classes, but parents kept asking if they could take classes too. At that time, I was rediscovering my own joy of painting, I filled large canvases with buildings, sweeping landscapes, cows, and roosters; a local brewpub and several shops in Hudson began selling my paintings.
Today I paint for myself and for classes. I continue to teach both adults and children and I find it hugely rewarding to see people with little or no painting experience walk out of one of my classes thrilled with what they’ve learned and the beautiful painting that they can look at and say “I did that.” I remember that feeling as a child taking my first painting classes and I’m very pleased to pass it on.
Originally from Milwaukee, Terry Meyer now lives and paints at his Five Mile Creek Studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He has painted all his life and has also worked in a variety of other mediums including wood, clay and steel. His current focus is on watercolor and oil. Meyer has won numerous awards as he participates in shows across the country, and often donates his work to community organizations. He has many individual and corporate patrons across the country as well as representation in many fine art galleries.
As an artist, I connect with the energy and motion in the environment around us. My artwork serves as a conduit for expressing that connection. It is the assimilation of this spirit that inspires my work. Within the medium of painting, watercolor provides a flow and softness that is almost meditative as I translate this energy through brushstrokes. Oils are more kinesthetic; I can feel the substance of the paint and its power, translating the environment around me. My preference is for organic, earthy color that is more contemplative and healing. My work often evokes an emotional response from viewers, feeling a spiritual connection, drawn from their own personal experiences.
Terry is represented by Kelley Galleries in Woodbury, MN and Hudson, WI and by RARE Gallery in Jackson Hole, WY. He also shows his work at many art festivals throughout the Midwest.
Julie A. 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 as 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.
Lisa Stauffer received her Master’s in Design (University Of Minnesota, Minneapolis) and studied Illustration at Parson’s School of Design (NYC). She continues her education by taking workshops from nationally recognized painters whose work inspires her. She has worked and taught in a wide variety of media, now primarily painting in soft pastel with a special focus on painting en plein air to indulge her fascination with light and color in Minnesota’s beautiful north shore landscape.
Lisa was awarded Master Circle status by the International Association Of Pastel Societies in 2011. She was awarded the H.K. Holbein Award at the Pastel Society Of America Show at the National Arts Club in New York City, September 2010 and the Pastel Painters Of Cape Cod Award in 2012. Each of these years her painting was one of those chosen by the Director of the Butler Institute Of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, to travel to the exhibit American Pastels in the museum Dec-Jan. Lisa was juried into the Pastel Society Of America and awarded Signature status in 2012.
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.
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. Cece has one children’s chapter book published. She also loves reading and is an ancestry- history buff.
Reid’s current works are contemporary landscapes (views) from the Midwest, specifically Wisconsin and Minnesota. Reid creates images that offer a new perspective of nature’s depth and beauty. He uses color, calligraphic line and bold brushstrokes to create images of depth and beauty in his views.
Reid was born and raised in the rural Wisconsin town of Platteville and grew up spending countless hours hiking, canoeing, and enjoying the outdoors of his home state. He now calls Chaska, Minnesota his home. Reid studied Studio Art at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he received his B.F.A. He went on to receive his Art Education degree from The University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Reid taught a variety of subjects at the High School level for twelve years before pursuing his career in the Fine Arts.
I love to paint and am always painting, even when I don’t have a brush in my hand, I can’t get away from it, it’s that simple. When I’m in my studio and run out of ideas I know it’s time to get out and do some Plein Air painting; then the subjects just appear.
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 gravitate to ordinary structures or roadside junk, rusty and for sale. I see the hard edge contrasts these everyday objects convey, and try to portray that in the hues and shadows of my paintings. There is joy in this old stuff, and I try to capture this feeling.
I am always looking to create an atmosphere in my work. I believe color can stand alone to convey a mood in a piece of work. I like to explore an image by playing with the many warm and cool tones. Texturing the canvases enhances the temperament and aura of my work.
This is what drives me to paint. I like to let the paint tell the story that I am trying to convey. I don’t like to dwell on every detail for someone to see my intent, but I also don’t like my paintings to be muddy. I like them to be loose, wet on wet, whatever you call it, my painting style is not controlled—it’s more of a discovery.
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, where I spent five semesters. I finished my Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997 at the University of Wisconsin of Green Bay. During this time, I studied art abroad in England.
I have the honor of having works in the permanent collection of University of Wisconsin Green Bay, and in Bay College, Iron Mountain, MI. I currently work at our family business, operating the Armstrong Creek Bison Ranch along with my father and brother.
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