Karl’s Farm (Door County Plein Air 2018)
16 x 20 in.

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 originally trained under Plein Air Painters of America signature artist Joseph Paquet.

2018 Door County Plein Air – Honorable Mention
2018 May BoldBrush Painting Competition – Best of Show
2018 Carmel Art Festival – 2nd Place and Honorable Mention
2018 Plein Air Salon – Honorable Mention
2018 Lighthouse Plein Air – Honorable Mention
2017 Oct/Nov Plein Air Salon – Best Oil
2017 PleinAir Texas 2017 – 2nd Place
2017 Grand Marais Plein Air – 3rd Place Overall
2017 Grand Marais Plein Air – 1st Place Red Suspender (Previous Winner) Contest
2017 Carmel Art Fesitval – Fine Art Connoisseur Award of Excellence
2017 Maui Plein Air 2017 – Collector’s Choice
2017 Lighthouse Plein Air – Honorable Mention
2016 Plein Air Salon – Grand Prize Winner
2016 Grand Marais Plein Air – Best of Show
2016 Door County Plein Air – Best Of Show
2016 Carmel Art Festival 2016 – PleinAir Magazine Award Of Excellence -1st Place Quick Paint
2016 Oil Painters Of America – Associate Member
2016 Lighthouse Plein Air, Tequesta, Florida – 1st Place
2015 Grand Marais Plein Air 2015 – 1st Place Quick Paint; 1st Place Red Suspender (Previous Winner) Contest
2015 Telluride Plein Air – 1st place by Artists’ Choice
2015 Carmel Art Festival – Artists Choice; 2nd Place; Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Award
2015 PleinAir Salon Feb/March 2015 edition – Best Oil
2015 Lighthouse Plein Air 2015 Jupiter, Florida – 1st Place Quick Paint category
2014 Aspen Plein Air – 1st Place by artists’ choice
2014 Plein Air Salon April/May 2014 Edition – 1st Place
2014 Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LAPAPA) Signature Member
2014/2013/2012/2011/2010 Carmel Art Festival Plein Air Competition: Juried Artist; Honorable Mention 2014/2011; Fine Art Connoisseur Emerging Artist Award 2010
2013 Laguna Plein Air Invitational: PleinAir Magazine Sponsor Award; The Randee Higby Gallery Sponsor Award
2013 Plein Air Grand Marais: 1st place overall; 1st place Nocturne Category
2013/2012/2011 Groveland Gallery Plein Air Summer Event: Guest Artist
2013 Plein Air Salon Oct/Nov 2013 Edition – 1st Place

View more of Carl’s work at CarlBretzke.com.