Education

  • 2009 – Écorché (Human Anatomy) Sculpture Course, 10 Weeks with James Shoop, St. Croix Falls, WI
  • 2008 – Large Group Figure Composition, Juried 10-day Master Class, Jove Wang, Pasadena, CA
  • 2008 – Advanced Color Theory Workshop, Kauai, HI with Camille Przewodek (lineage of Henry Hensche/ Charles Webster Hawthorn, Cape Cod School)
  • Summer 2008 – Sculpture Anatomy of the Head with James Shoop, St. Croix Falls, WI
  • 2006 – Portrait Workshop (scholarship) with master artist, Jove Wang, Scottsdale Artists School, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2003, 2005 – Plein Air Workshops with master painter and author, Kevin MacPherson, Maui, HI, and Provence, France
  • 1995-2001 – Studied plein-air and Alla Prima painting with Zhang Wen Xin, Jim Wilcox, and Robert Duncan in Jackson, WY; Joe Paquet, St. Paul, MN, and Stapleton Kearns, Rockport, MA
  • 1979 – Studied composition and copperplate etching with C. Daniel Graves (founder and director of the Florence Academy of the Arts, Florence, Italy)
  • 1974-1977 – Full-time student apprentice with Richard Lack, Atelier Lack, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1975 – BA Degrees; Art Major, Humanities Major, French Minor; College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN
  • 1974 – Mankato State College, Mankato, MN - courses in abstract art and composition
  • 1974-1975 – Studied with Hungarian artist Bela Petheo, St. John's University, Collegeville, MN

Lectures, Presentations and Workshops

  • November 2017 – “Painting the Music: Exploring Shared Language and Connections in the Arts”, Art and Science Department, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
  • September 2017 - Plein Air Painting 7-day workshop in Cinque Terre, Italy
  • 2017 - Plein Air Figure and Landscape 3-day workshop, Taylors Falls, MN
  • May 2017 - The Artistic Anatomy of Water, Trees and Sky 3-day workshop, Taylors Falls, MN
  • April 2017 - "Great Starts! Painting from the Inside Out" Main Stage Demonstration, Streamline Publishing's Plein Air Convention and Expo (PACE), San Deigo, CA
  • April 2017 - Outdoor Painters of Minnesota Plein Air Landscape workshop, Minneapolis, MN
  • October 2016 - The Artistic Anatomy of Water, Trees and Sky 3-day workshop, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
  • October 2016 - Guest lecturer, EnPleinAir Texas, San Angelo, TX
  • September 2016 - The Artistic Anatomy of Water, Trees and Sky 3-day workshop, Taylors Falls, MN
  • June 2016 - Plein Air Figure and Landscape 3-day workshop, Taylors Falls, MN
  • May 2016 - The Artistic Anatomy of Water, Trees and Sky 3-day workshop, Taylors Falls, MN
  • March 2016 - Outdoor Painters of Minnesota Plein Air Landscape workshop, Minneapolis, MN
  • October 2015 - Guest lecturer,  EnPleinAirTexas, San Angelo, Texas
  • September 2015 - Plein Air Painting 7-day workshop in Cinque Terre, Italy
  • June 2015 - Plein Air Figure and Landscape 3-day workshop, Taylors Falls, MN
  • April 2015 - Beginner/Intermediate Plein Air 3-day workshop, Taylors Falls, MN
  • March 2015 - Outdoor Painters of Minnesota Plein Air Figure workshop, Minneapolis, MN
  • October 2014 - Fall Master Class, Minneapolis, MN
  • September 2014 - Plein Air Landscape 4-day workshop, Taylors Falls, MN
  • September 2014 - Guest lecturer, Cincinnati Art Club, Cincinnati, OH
  • September 2014 - Plein Air 2-day workshop, The Cincinnati Art Club, Cincinnati, OH
  • June 2014 - Plein Air Figure and Landscape 3-day workshop, Taylors Falls, MN
  • April 2014 - Guest lecturer, Cincinnati Art Club, Cincinnati, OH
  • April 2014 - Beginner/Intermediate Plein Air 3-day workshop, Taylors Falls, MN
  • March 2014 - Guest lecturer, Northstar Watermedia Society, Minneapolis, MN
  • March 2014 - Spring Master Class, Minneapolis, MN
  • July 2013 – Plein Air Figure and Landscape 4-day workshop, Taylors Falls, MN
  • June 2013 – Creative Breakthrough: Plein Air Workshop, The Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN
  • May 2013 – Creative Breakthrough: Bring the Art Spirit Into Your Work, Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais, MN
  • May 2013 – The Joy of Plein Air Painting Workshop, The Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN
  • February 2013 – The Islanders/Maui Cultural Council 3-day Plein Air Workshop, Maui, HI
  • September 2011 – Plein Air in Tuscany with Mary Pettis, Tuscany, Italy
  • August 2011–Creative Breakthrough 3-day workshop, Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais, MN
  • July 2011 – Plein Air Landscape 5-day workshop, Taylor’s Falls, MN
  • July 2010 – Plein Air Landscape 5-day workshop, Taylor’s Falls, MN
  • November 2009 – Plein Air Painters of Hawaii 5-day Plein Air Workshop, Maui, HI
  • July 2009 – Plein Air Landscape 5-day workshop, Taylor’s Falls, MN
  • February 2009 – Plein Air Painters of Hawaii 5-day Workshop, Maui, HI
  • October 2008 – Venice Workshop, Venice, Italy
  • May 2008 – France Workshop, Dordogne Region, Southwest France
  • December 2007 -2012 – Director and Mentor of a Monthly Advanced Concepts Artists Group, Home Studio, Taylors Falls, MN
  • August 2007 – 3-day workshop and Evening Public Lecture in Devil's Lake, ND in conjunction with the celebrated North Dakota Chautauqua
  • May 2007 – Tuscany Workshop, Tuscany, Italy
  • 2006-2008 – Occasional Regional Lectures in Minnesota on Art and the Creative Spirit
  • Summers, 2001-2008 – St. Croix Scenic Riverway Minnesota Plein Air Annual 5-day Workshop, Taylors Falls, MN
  • May 2006 – Tuscany Workshop, Vagliagli, Italy
  • 1990-2001 – Taught workshops, mentored student artists and gave presentations at schools and area youth agencies in Polk and Chisago Counties, Wisconsin and Minnesota
  • 1986-1988 – Founder, director, instructor - Atelier Pettis Wirkkula, Taylors Falls, MN