Featured Artist: Ken DeWaard (Upcoming WORKSHOPS!)

Stonington Painting by Ken DeWaard

Ken DeWaard. I’ve featured him several times throughout the years. Ken is a talented artist, nice guy AND gives one of the best workshops you can attend. Workshops can be intimidating, frustrating and overwhelming, but Ken’s are different. He takes the time to explain and teach you new techniques. Ken’s goal is that everyone leaves feeling as though they’ve advanced, and isn’t that why we take a workshop? He takes the time with each person to relay information to help guide them to create a stronger painting. His workshops are fun, what more can you ask for?

Ken’s paintings are stunning. He paints with such feeling. If you’re looking to take a workshop, but aren’t sure where to go… look no further! Ken has workshops upcoming in many locations, not just in Maine where he lives.

UPCOMING 2018 WORKSHOPS with Ken DeWaard

July 9 – 11, 2018 • Plein Air Workshop
Easton, MD – Studio B Gallery
(9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.)
Contact for registration
August 20-24 – 2018 • Plein Air Workshop
Rockland, Maine
Coastal Maine Art Workshops
(9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.)
 Link for more Information as well as registration
September 20 – 22, 2018 • Plein Air Workshop
Rockport, MA
(9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.)
 About Rockport Art Assoc.
Contact for registration
🇮🇹October 2 – 12, 2018 • Plein Air Workshop Venice, Italy🇮🇹
All Mediums / All Levels
 Link to information about the workshop as well as Registration
November 9 – 11, 2018 • Plein Air Workshop
Jacksonville, FL
(9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.)
 First Coast Plein Air Painters
Contact for registration

See more of Ken’s work via these links:

Website  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Workshops

Read a bit about Ken, from his website:

For Ken there is nothing more rewarding and challenging than painting under an open sky, surrounded by the scents and sounds of nature, along with it’s ever changing color and harmonies to excite one’s creativity.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts with honors, Ken began working in a commercial art studio in Chicago. He continued his studies at the American Academy of Art, where he studied with nationally recognized watercolorist, Irving Shapiro. Upon Irving’s recommendation Ken joined the acclaimed Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art in Chicago, where he soon began studying with Scott Burdick as well as Dan Gerhartz.
It is here that Ken adapted his direct and pure approach as well as his bravura brush style, which he achieves by painting directly from life.

Strongly inspired by John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Nicolai Fechin, and the Russian Impressionists, Ken finds himself painting an array of subject matter from everyday life. The feelings Ken evokes in his paintings are due in part to the excitement and passion he feels while capturing the fleeting effects of light, or the wonderful color nuances and harmonies presented by nature and all of her beauty.

Ken continues to travel throughout the United States as well as Italy and China. He has won numerous awards around the country in many of the top Plein Air Competitions including the coveted Artist Choice awards, Best of Show, along with a host of various other awards. He has spent many a summer day painting the Italian hillsides, American vistas, and beauty wherever it finds him. This has always been a contributing factor in his work, insight, and inspiration and growth as an artist.

After spending the last 14 years in the Driftless area of Wisconsin, Ken has recently moved to Maine. After much thought and consideration he and his wife along with their 4 young children decided on Hope ME, which is a neighboring town to Camden, mid coast Maine which is also where the Mountains Meet the Sea. The area is absoluetly gorgeous and full of inspiration, so much to paint!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

All images via KenDeWaard.com, used with permission…
Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

2 thoughts on “Featured Artist: Ken DeWaard (Upcoming WORKSHOPS!)

  1. Heather Locke

    The Stephen Taber stopped in Stonington during our schooner cruise. Lovely town. Shop keepers so friendly. I bought a new yellow slicker as mine was 42 years old and stiff. Dumped the old one right in the shop! I will remember hospitality.

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    1. We haven’t been to Stonington (yet) – we’ve been saying that it’s time to venture out and explore other areas but we always go back to Rockland/Port Clyde/Monhegan. We just need to do it one year! Looking forward to it 🙂


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