the essence of a landscape is the goal of the Wisconsin artists,
Joe Kiefer. The 31-year-old painter was raised in the small town
of Glidden, Wisconsin. Joe learned to appreciate nature through
his father who depends on the forest for his career as a logger.
Joe spent most of his youth fishing, hunting, and exploring the
vast forest found in the area. At a young age, Joe learned to
express his ideas through art from his instructor, Brian Long.
Joe began his education in the field of wildlife biology at the
University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. While pursing this career,
Joe was able to work for the Forest Service in the Chequamegon
National Forest. He was also able to work with the UW-Stevens
Point Elk Reintroduction Project in the Clam Lake, Wisconsin area.
The desire to make art became too overwhelming for Joe and led
him to pursue his career in art. While attending UW-Stevens Point,
Joe was had the opportunity to work with the landscape painter,
Diane Bywaters-Canfield. Joe eventually transferred to UW-Madison
and graduated in 2002 with an art education degree. While living
in Madison, Joe learned traditional techniques of painting and
drawing from Madison Area Technical College instructors Chris
Gargan and John Ribble. While studying with these artists, Joe
learned painting methods of artist such as Rembrandt, Turner,
Monet, Pissarro, and Poortvliet.
has worked diligently to capture the essence of the scenery he
has experienced in his life. He hopes that others can relate to
his encounters in nature and see all its beauty even if they cannot
see these magnificent places in person.
is currently teaching elementary art in Lake Mills, Wisconsin.
His artwork can be viewed at the art fairs listed under schedule
and upon request.