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Frequently asked Questions

Do you have any new exhibitions?

Yes. My painting “Sam and the Perfect World” is currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery, part of the Smithsonian Institution, until February 19, 2007. This painting won first prize in the Gallery’s first-ever nationwide portrait competition. Chosen from a field of over 4000 entries, from all 50 states, the prize includes a cash award of $25,000 and a commission to paint a “remarkable” American to be included in the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. For more information go to:  http://www.portraitcompetition.si.edu

From April 3 - May 20, 2007, I will exhibit my rural paintings at a show titled “Wisconsin’s People on the Land” at the James Watrous Gallery of Wisconsin Art in Madison. The exhibition is part of an 18-month examination of agricultural and rural issues with seminars, forums and public policy programs organized by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. It will be my chance to participate, artistically, in the ongoing discussion about the future of Wisconsin’s rural areas. About six paintings will be exhibited, including “Thistles” and a new major farm scene.  For more information go to:  http://www.wisconsinacademy.org/gallery/watrous0607season.html

How do you create a painting?


I paint with small, round sable brushes that come to a very fine point. Straight oil paint is applied over a warmly tinted canvas, and I do not mix the oil paint with varnishes, glazes or mediums. In many respects, the techniques and materials I use are very traditional. Close observation of everyday life is perhaps the most valuable resource. It is this observation that I rely upon when deciding what to paint. And I spend a lot of time on each painting. Starting with small pencil and oil sketches to rough out an idea, I will then photograph many of the different elements of a painting individually. (For hundreds of years, artists have been using photographic and optical devices as tools to create paintings.) These images, these bits and pieces, are refined, changed and modified as I use them as reference material to make a painting. Most of the time these modifications are so dramatic that the final painting bares little or no resemblance to the reference photographs.

What galleries sell your work?

I sell all my paintings myself. So far I have chosen not to have gallery representation…  this, however, may change in the future. Shortly after I started painting full-time, now seventeen years ago, I entered an art show here in Milwaukee called the Lakefront Festival of Arts. It went really well. I met several prominent business people who ended up being wonderful patrons. Many are still buying my paintings today. A reporter for the city’s main newspaper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, saw my work at the festival and in a few weeks there was a major story. Soon all my paintings were sold and I had a waiting list for my work. As my prices steadily increased, and the demand for my work has remained strong, many very fine dealers from across the country have asked to show my work. With continuing national media attention, I have been able to sell directly to individuals and corporations.  Please call or email if you would like to know the price of a specific painting.

Do you have a catalog of your work?

Yes. To document my recent mid-career retrospective exhibition at the Charles Allis Art Museum the museum published a beautiful full-color, comprehensive, 56 page soft-cover book.  It sells for $12.95.  To order a book please click here and print out an order form.

How much do your paintings cost?

Small drawings and watercolors are between $700.00 - $3000.00 and my small oil paintings start at about $1500.00 and large pieces sell for $50,000.00 or more.

I put in an enormous amount of time into each painting. During some years, if the paintings are large, I only manage to complete 1 or 2. Even if I’m working fairly small, 10 or 12 paintings is about the limit for a year. 

Do you sell prints?

Yes. I have 4 new print editions of my paintings. Please go to the Prints page of this site.

How can I find out more about your work?

I can send a prospective customer transparencies of current paintings, slides of past work, copies of newspaper articles (not available on this web site or anywhere online), and copies of museum exhibit catalogs. Customers are welcome, by appointment, to view any available paintings in my studio, please call 414-332-4746.


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