Fine Art Plein Air Painter
Carl Bretzke is a representational oil painter who specializes in urban scenes and plein air landscapes.
Carl’s work has been described in the Washington Post as “simultaneously intimate and detached, The artist’s unadorned style recalls Edward Hopper and The Ashcan school.”
Carl holds an MD degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Colorado, where he also received a minor in Fine Art. Carl has also trained extensively under Plein Air Painters of America signature artist Joseph Paquet.
I met him back when I was taking landscape oil painting classes from Joe Paquet. I’ve enjoyed watching Carl while developing his style and continuously improving over the years.
His paintings often have large dark areas, rich color saturation and he varnishes them to a high shine. As a result, these qualities present major challenges to photograph, but they always come out because of my specialized process.