Featured Artist: Harald Aksdal

Knowing Harald's history is the key to understanding his technique so be sure to read his bio below. His paintings are so meticulous that they are best seen in person. See samples of his work in the Staart store here and visit his personal site for even more!

Harald's bio:
Harald Aksdal retired from a long career in architecture only to immediately launch his second career as an artist. In his three years as a professional artist, his work has gained widespread acclaim. Harald's thirty-five years of experience as an architect are evident in the intricacies and detail of his ink drawings. But he also craved a level of creativity found outside the structure of his discipline and was soon drawn to the fluidity of watercolor. In his work, he combines both of these sensibilities. Harald's subject matter is chosen through a passion and deep respect for the rural and natural world, especially trees. In his own words he says, "the subject chooses me!" Each piece begins with an on-location sketch and is then completed in the studio. "I try to move beyond my architect's critical eye to incorporate touches of the abstract in an effort to convey a sense of presence and substance, as well as my admiration for the subject." Harald's work has been included in several juried exhibitions throughout Vermont including the Shelburne Farms Annual exhibition and in several art galleries including the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho and the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. He was born in Haugesund, Norway and educated in the United States. He now lives in Fairfax.

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