GREATER MINNESOTA

Winter Scenes

This is a prototypical northern Minnesota woodland scene. When I look at it, I think of Preacher’s Grove in Itasca State Park. This image won a Courage Cards competition and is available on its catalog for the 2019-20 holidays.

Winter Woods, 18" x 24", $300

Winter Woods
Oil on canvas
16″ x 20″, SOLD–Courage Cards available: $4 each

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Hunting Cabin–winter
Oil on canvas board
11″ x 14″, $250 (brown spot on bottom is easel brace)

While cross-country skiing through Three Island Park outside Bemidji MN, I came across these dead branches stretching their arms across indigo ice. The second image is of the wake behind our pontoon as the sun sets west of Stump Lake, a widening of the Mississippi east of Bemidji.

Three Island Park in Winter. 16" x 20", $175

Three Island Park in Winter
Oil on canvas
16″ x 20″, $175

Minnesota’s recent winters were some of the longest and snowiest in my memory. Everyday I was presented with the lovely lavender and cobalt blue shadows, and I wanted to convey some of that wintry feeling in paint. And what better subject than Lake Superior in winter–especially, since I lived for two years looking down on its waves from Duluth’s Eastside.


Island, Lake Superior
Oil on canvas board, 
16" x 20", $300
Island, Lake Superior
Oil on canvas board,
16″ x 20″, $300

Split Rock Lighthouse, 11" x 14", $250

Split Rock Lighthouse
Oil on canvas board,
11″ x 14″, $300

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Ice Castle
Oil on canvas board,
11″ x 14″, $150

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Ice crack
Oil on canvas board,
11″ x 14″, $125

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Lake Superior Shoreline
Oil on canvas board,
11″ x 14″, $150

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Moon over Split Rock
Oil on canvas board,
16″ x 20″, $200

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Hunting Cabin
Oil on canvas board,
prints only $50

Below are patterns made by the wake behind our pontoon as the sun sets west of Stump Lake, a widening of the Mississippi east of Bemidji.

Wake--Stump Lake, 16" x 20", $175

Wake–Stump Lake
Oil on canvas
16″ x 20″ $175

Autumn

Seen at dusk, the farm home built by my great-grandfather, Emrick Polson, in rural Wabasha County, looks afire. It was the successor to a log cabin and built in the traditional L-shape of older farmhomes, wherein the front door section was erected first. When there was more money, a second section was attached perpendicularly. The third image is a close-up of the porch on his grandson’s, William Polson’s, Wabasha Co. farmhouse.

Emrick Polson farm, Wabasha Co. 24" x 30", $500

Emrick Polson farm, Wabasha Co. MN
Oil on canvas
24″ x 30″, $500

Polson farnhouse-2, 24" x 30", $250
Emrick Polson farmhouse-2
Oil on canvas
24″ x 30″, $300

William Polson farm porch, 8" x 10", $75
William Polson farmhouse porch
Oil on canvas board,
8″ x 10″, $100

A storm approaches the fallow fields in southern Minnesota in fall. For me. the work conveys the solitude of the rural landscape and the beauty and power of the coming storm.

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Three Pines
Oil on canvas
16″ x 20″, $100