Being in and around a water environment has been an important part of my life since I was a young boy.
I grew up in Duluth, Minnesota on Park Point, a 7-mile long sandbar island that separates the huge expanse of wild Lake Superior from the harbor basin. It is an amazingly beautiful place, surrounded by water. Now, as a retired public school art teacher working in printmaking, drawing, painting, and ceramics, I continue to be influenced by this great lake and the area I love. I utilize nature, the human figure, and the exploration of different art styles in my creative endeavors.
This site is about my art…artwork created using woodblock, linoleum block, pencil, ink, pen, brush, and pigment. Or any combination.
The images seen on this site are a culmination of many years of observation, imagination, projection, and yes, fantasy. The also rely, like most artwork produced, on personal feelings towards a variety of subjects, from figurative to nature.
I’ve been involved in making art most of my life. I was fortunate that both my mother and father encouraged seeing beauty and the process of producing aesthetically pleasing images from an early age. An undergraduate degree in both art and music from the University of Minnesota, followed by a master’s degree in drawing and painting from the University of Wisconsin, were a confirmation of the path chosen. Please view the extensive portfolio I’ve compiled within this site; the images shown span many years of making art.
In addition to producing artwork for gallery and internet sales, I have also been involved in solo and collaborative publishing projects. Read more about those projects on my Resume page and in the Duluth Reader article, Print Maker Tom Rauschenfels Shares from the Heart.