Meet the artist: Name: Andrew Knudson

Current Hometown: Scandia, Minn. (formerly of Minot)

Where can we see your work?

At Lien’s Jewelry and the Taube Art Museum.

Do you have work for sale?

I always have many pieces for sale, large and small, at the various businesses that display my work as well as in my studio.

In what media do you work?

I paint in oils and acrylics primarily, but also use a variety of other mediums including pencil, ink, watercolor, pastels and wood.

How would you describe your style?

Most of my work is fairly realistic, but I like to incorporate painterly backgrounds on my large canvas paintings.

Who would you say have been influences on your work?

I find inspiration in the works of many artists, anyone who’s style or process in any medium from painting to sculpting appeals to me. Locally, the expressionistic paintings and work ethic of longtime friend Walt Piehl and the precise attention to color and detail of Vern Skaug have been lifelong influences.

Are there particular themes you like to explore in your work?

Wildlife and cowboy scenarios dominate my work; you are happiest and most successful creating in themes you are most familiar with.

What do you most enjoy about the creative process?

Just that, the process itself. I most enjoy challenging myself to go from a blank canvas to the finished product that I envision prior to starting, particularly my larger pieces that often evolve to surprising results as the painting takes on a life of its own.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised in Minot and lived in the area until moving to Towner in 1995. I have lived in Scandia, Minnesota, with my wife Colette Weiser, who grew up in Surrey, for the past 3 years. My Plains Perspective studio is here in our home and I also occasionally work out of my studio at our family lake home at Lake Audubon. I am an outdoorsman, I love to fish and bow hunt. Riding horse or hiking in the awe-inspiring North Dakota badlands has been a lifelong favorite adventure.