I am an Artist living in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. The obsessions and compulsions of my art making are tied to the natural world around me in this; and other locales I visit - and are passionate about.

Lake Michigan is about 500 yards in front of our home, and I see it everyday. I grew up summering on the lakes of Northern Michigan, and eventually did a tour in the Navy, piloting an ammunition ship across the Atlantic and through the Mediterranean Sea. I guess you could call me a truly "Michigan Artist" - having all of my formal college training here at quality schools, and branches of my family have lived continuously in Michigan since before it was a state.

The horizon line of a lake or land feature is one element that has been persistent for the last few years, and I see the thread of that feature in my past works as well.

Recently the horizon line simply stated has been giving way to trees, lineal descriptive drips, and other focal colors. Bright yellows and reds of the day and sunsets, the shifting reds of the underneath of clouds, all float amongst the blues of the water and skies in my studio.

My influences and heroes in painting are diverse. The focal home of my inclinations would be the Abstract Expressionists of the 1950's, although I draw ideas from diverse sources in Art, History, Science, and Philosophy. Quality and Honesty in works go far with me, and inspire me to dive into the Studio.

I have exhibited locally the past few years at the July 4th Art Fair in in Harbor Springs; Palette Bistro in Petoskey; Twisted Fish Gallery in Elk Rapids; and in Bay Harbor, Michigan.

My work can always be found at Ahrens Gallery and Studio on our property just outside of Harbor Springs, Michigan at 5200 W. Lake Street.

SUMMER 2016: August 9th...I will be exhibiting my work in a two person show at the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort, Michigan on August 12th, 2016 through Sept. 9th. The evening of August 12th will be the Opening. During the exhibit I will be featured at an Artist Talk at the Center, stay tuned for details. http://oliverartcenterfrankfort.org/

SKY IRIS in downtown Harbor Springs has a few of my smaller works for sale. Please visit this creative gallery of fine furnishings on State Street/ M-119 in the heart of Harbor Springs! https://skyiris.com/pages/about-us

Contact us directly @ 231-881-6607 or at neilahrens@icloud.com for inquiries on works or for a private appointment.