Kenn Backhaus     www.kennbackhaus.com  



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 .  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 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.  Kenn feels that everything under the sun and moon is fair game and he considers his office to be wherever he is set up painting for the day.

Kenn’s works have been juried into many shows across the country and his paintings have been honored with numerous Best of Show, Artist’s Choice and Collector’s Choice awards.  Kenn has been featured in numerous art publications and books.  He has served as an acceptance juror and awards judge for many shows across the country.  He was one of fifty artists selected from across the country to participate in a traveling museum show titled, “From Sea to Sh inin g Sea - A Reflection of America . The exhibit opened at the Haggin Museum , Stockton , CA in the Spring of 2004 and traveled to various museums across the country through 2007.
Kenn enjoys the opportunity to give back to his profession and has regularly taught workshops Nationally and Abroad. His workshop subjects include plein-air, still life and portraiture. Kenn is a Signature Member of both the Oil Painters of America and the Plein-Air Painters of America. He served as President of the Plein-Air Painters of America from the year 2000 through 2001. 
















All paintings shown here are done so with the permission of the Artist Kenn Backhaus



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