Rural Landscapes

Down on the Farm


   After living all of my life in the Chicago metropolitan area, I moved to rural Wisconsin in 2000. I live outside of Lake Mills, near the Crawfish River, and a pretty creek runs by my home. You will see my personal landscapes in all of my paintings because they are painted, for the most part, on location.

   Each morning, as I exercise my dogs, I very much enjoy watching the changing farm fields--black furrows in the spring, corn as high as an elephant’s eye in the summer, dry, rustling stalks at harvest time, then softly covered with winter’s grace.

   Would you like a painting of your personal landscape--perhaps your lakeside cottage or homestead? I love commissions!. E-mail me at Some of the original paintings included on this page have been sold, but I can do another just for you. Originals are 11x14 or 15x22 sell for $399-$499, presentation matted but unframed;.

   My artwork can be viewed at my studio/gallery: N7244 Manske Road, Lake Mills, Wisconsin, (Phone first: 920-648-7816) or contact me via e-mail:

Here are two views of the Manske Homestead, which is across the road from my home. One was purchased for Rachel Manske Hein, who grew up in the white farmhouse, the other by the current owners, the Bruenings.

Early School Bus - Sun comes up late on February mornings. Mom sees the kids off, then hurries back into the warm kitchen for another cuppa.

Oak Creek Farm - On County B, Jefferson County. I am always impressed by the crisp, neat appearance of these farm buildings.

County A Farm - This Milford Farm is on two sides of the road. I picture kids home from school, with the winter sun already setting.

Grey Barn w/Cows - On County B, Jefferson County. Painted on location with a group of plein air painters. Cows added later.

County B Farm - On County B, Jefferson County. Colorful set of farm buildings with even more colorful autumn backdrop.

Picture Barn - This barn, with a picture painted on its side, can be seen from I-94 traveling west through Jefferson County.

Strauss Homestead - On Hwy 89, Jefferson County. Commissioned by Don and Phyllis Strauss.

Snowbound - Painted from inside the car on a VERY cold day. Almost became snowbound myself.

Round Barn - There are now few round barns in Wisconsin. Farmers found them impractical. But they do make a pretty picture.

January Colors - This pretty Illinois scene near Long Grove is no longer there. A shopping mall moved in. Too bad.

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