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Kenn Backhaus

Approaching Storm

Approaching Storm

Spring Morning Along Swan Creek

Spring Morning Along Swan Creek

Glacier Runoff in the Alpine

Glacier Runoff in the Alpine

Out of the Shadows

Out of the Shadows

The Cottonwood Sapling

The Cottonwood Sapling

Sunrise on the Matterhorn

Sunrise on the Matterhorn

Sunrise, Remnants of Winter

Sunrise, Remnants of Winter

Shad Boat - SOLD

Shad Boat - SOLD

Spring Evening, Carversville

Spring Evening, Carversville

Burros

Burros

Candle in the Wind

Candle in the Wind

Hacklebarney Falls

Hacklebarney Falls

French Bakery

French Bakery

Walking the Dogs

Walking the Dogs

Butterflies and Queen Anne's Lace - SOLD

Butterflies and Queen Anne's Lace - SOLD

Mother of Seven

Mother of Seven

Evening Solitude

Evening Solitude

The Sunday Paper

The Sunday Paper

Indian Corn with Sunflowers - SOLD

Indian Corn with Sunflowers - SOLD

Coastal Evening - from the California Art Club Gold Medal Show, 2017 - SOLD

Coastal Evening - from the California Art Club Gold Medal Show, 2017 - SOLD

Along the Canal at the Union Mills Paper Company - was in a show at the Tweed Museum of Art

Along the Canal at the Union Mills Paper Company - was in a show at the Tweed Museum of Art

Along the Towpath

Along the Towpath

Fading Light on the Tohickon

Fading Light on the Tohickon

Tranquil Morning

Tranquil Morning

Opalescence Moon

Opalescence Moon

Evening Scullers

Evening Scullers

The Duel

The Duel

Sunny Morning, The Mansion Inn

Sunny Morning, The Mansion Inn

Snoopy

Snoopy

The Wilds of Aquetong Creek in a Vintage Pennsylavania Impressionist Frame

The Wilds of Aquetong Creek in a Vintage Pennsylavania Impressionist Frame

The Old Mill at Daniel Garber's in a Vintage Pennsylavania Impressionist Frame

The Old Mill at Daniel Garber's in a Vintage Pennsylavania Impressionist Frame

English Pointer

English Pointer

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Kenn was born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and spent much of his childhood on the family farm near Burnett, Wisconsin. His fondness for nature became the catalyst for his art. Kenn’s parents encouraged his artistic education and following High School, he attended Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a commercial designer and illustrator Kenn received many awards at both local and national levels, which included acceptance in the 30th Annual Society of Illustrators Show in New York City. Although Kenn took pride in his commercial successes, his heart always belonged to the fine art of outdoor painting.

With his developing interest in the historic traditions of plein air painting, Kenn decided in 1984, to devote more time to his passion for painting and the love of the outdoors. He found that capturing true color, value, atmosphere and the mood of a subject was best done on location or through direct observation. He has also discovered the importance of his studio time in union with his outdoor experiences and enjoys the challenges of both. His passion for painting has broadened his subject matter to include not only landscape, but also figurative, portrait, still life and nature. When asked, Kenn what do you like to paint? His answer; any thing under the sun and moon is fare game.

Kenn has been featured in numerous art publications and books. His works have been juried into many shows across the country and his paintings have been bestowed with many honors including the prestigious Best of Show, Collectors Choice and Artists Choice awards. He regularly serves as an Acceptance Juror and Awards Judge for many shows around the country.

In September of 2006, Kenn was filmed, painting up in Alaska as part of a PBS series entitled, "Plein Air, Painting the American Landscape". In 2009, Kenn was one of the host artists and producers of a 13-part television series entitled Passport & Palette™ that began airing nationally on public television.

Memberships

  • Out-of-State Member of the California Art Club
  • Plein-Air Painters of America – Signature Member, Past President 2000-2001
  • American Impressionist Society, Master Member
  • Oil Painters of America – Master Signature Member
  • Northwest Rendezvous Group – Signature Member

Publications/Books/Television Releases

  • 2011 Fall Plein Air Magazine Cover and Article
  • 2009 Passport and Palette, Released May-APT Television Series, DVD Series
  • 2007 Plein Air, Painting the American Landscape, PBS Television Series, DVD Series
  • 2006 American Artist, "Workshop For Oil & Acrylic Painters", Summer Issue.
  • 2004 December, Plein Air Magazine
  • 2004 July, Southwest Art Magazine
  • 2004 June, American Artist Magazine
  • 2004 From Sea to Shining Sea, A Reflection of America, Book
  • 2003 Enchanted Isle, A History of Plein Air Painting in Santa Catalina Island, Book
  • 2002 Spring, Persimmon Hill Magazine
  • 2000 September/October, Wildlife Art Magazine
  • 1997 North Light Books, Best of Wildlife Art, Book