As you can see I've added two of my Christmas cards from the last couple of years. Both paintings are very personal to me and somewhat historical. My great grandfather's house near Elko, MN started with a family album on the history of the Degros family. My great, great grandfather (who is pictured in the front door) in which I found out fought for the Union in the civil war around 1864. This family album opened up a whole new world for me and I often page through this book to see if I may have missed something. Now the challenge is to stay current so I can pass this down from generation to generation.
The painting of the church is Holy Name catholic church in 1916. I did this primarily for the card itself but has taken on a whole new life of it's own. I really get a kick out of the fact that people check this painting out and reminisce about the old church. This means a lot to me.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
This is this years' Christmas card painting. The story with this painting is this house was built by my great grandfather Matt and along with his wife Maggie who raised 6 boys and 2 girls. The house still stands near the Elko motor speedway in southern Minnesota.
This is the painting I did for the 2014 Christmas card. The idea came with the thought of doing something special for Holy Name's centennial in 2016.
The painting is set in 1916 Christmas morning. I even checked the weather for Christmas in 1916 and the information I received was a heavy snowfall took place the day before and so I went with it. (Still not sure if this is correct but makes for a great looking painting!) The print for this painting will be hanging in Garvey Hall in the basement of Holy Name church.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
This is the painting I did for the 2013 Christmas card, This manger scene is actually our manger scene that we set up for Christmas each year. Jane gave this to me for my birthday about 10 years ago and the idea to paint this came right after I finished the 2012 card. Some of the characters I have are not in the painting (two other kings for instance, the one king is under the "awning" on the left side of the stable). If your interested in a print just let me know.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
This was my first painting of Split Rock Lighthouse. The day I completed this painting and had just put my signature in the bottom right corner, the bombing started for Desert Storm. It was a stark contrast between the peace of the lighthouse and the reality of war. Although this painting is pretty raw, it is still one of my favorites.
This painting was my first attempt at getting into the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competition and it was accepted. The view you see is an area called "Spangler's Woods" where the Confederates waited just before becoming involved in Picket's charge. I went to the east coast with my brother, Tony, in the fall of 1991 and we visited several of the Civil War battlefields on our way to Cooperstown and the baseball hall of fame.