Isle Royale Reflection
"“Up north” has a special feel to it, especially when you've lived most of your life there and know how special the water and trees, wildlife and weather give to that feeling. My grandfather had a huge library that my brother and I loved to look through while growing up. He had a small red book of poems by Robert Service titled “Ballads of a Cheechako”. Below are portions of two poems that hint at the feeling of being “Up north”."
About the ArtistSteve was an Isle Royale Artist-in-Residence from August 10th to August 25th, 2010. He was lucky enough to also be selected at Petrified Forest in Arizona (2009) and Catoctin in Maryland (2012). The time spent on those trips was some of the most rewarding time he's ever had. He retired in 2006 from a career in IT with municipal governments of the suburban Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area. He and his wife moved to south central Missouri to be near a daughter and her family while locating closer to other kids on both coasts.
Even though he is mostly a self taught artist, he has taken art classes at the University of Minnesota and several other venues. He also attends workshops and enters competitions that intrigue him. Painting acrylic landscapes seems to be his preferred artistic outlet, but recently he has been experimenting with printmaking and sculpting. He also spends time drawing with ink, colored pencil and watercolor. Part of the fun of making art is the problem solving it presents and since retiring he has time to do much more artwork and problem solving.
Promoting his art for sale is a big job and although he's sold some art, he prefers creating it just for the enjoyment. Consequently, he's running out of wall space at home and his wife doesn't want to sell any of it! You can see more of this art on Steve's personal webpage.
Last updated: January 5, 2020