Kenneth DeWaard - (b. 1962) has been painting en plein air for over 30 years. He began his career studying watercolor under Irving Shapiro at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and then continued his early training at the acclaimed Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art with Scott Burdick as well as independent study with Daniel Gerhartz.
He has won numerous awards around the country at various plein air events such as Easton, Door County, Laguna Beach, Callaway Gardens, Sonoma, Richmond, Cape Ann, and Florida, just to mention a few. He began teaching in the late 1990’s and has continued to teach workshops around the country as well as instructing at The Academy of Fine Art in Denmark, WI.
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. “To be able to share that experience I feel when painting and pass that along to the viewer through my work is always very gratifying to me.”
Ken resides in Hope Maine with his wife and four young children.