My inspiration comes from landscape and things in nature.
I love the abstract quality of colors, textures, shapes, and movement of light in nature. I love the ethereal quality of light on a field of native grass and how it changes moment to moment.
Besides the obvious visual aspects of landscape, I am fascinated with the process of organic material in the natural environment. To me, the process of nature speaks about life and death, vulnerability, strength, decay, rebirth and time. It speaks transformation. This is what drives my approach to painting. I like to paint in a way that records the process of nature doing its own work.
In my studio, I am conscious of painting using methods that honor the processes of nature. For example, mists of water added to the surface might drip and then allow gravity to pull, create line or reveal deeper layers of a painting. My work may shimmer or change color moment to moment, depending on where the light hits the surface and where the viewer is standing in relation to the painting. A surface may be built up, buried and then scrapped to reveal texture in a process much like erosion or time.
I received my BFA at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and my MFA at Pratt Institute in New York City.
My work has been exhibited in New York City, Seattle, Minneapolis and a number of other places across the USA. My nature subjects are in the US Bank Corporate Art Collection, Nordstrom collection, Regions Hospital collection and in the permanent collection of the Guilin Art Museum in Guilin, China.
2020 - I am proud to announce I received a $10,000 Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
"Welke will create new, mixed media paintings about prairie, farmland burns, and land renewal.'
An exhibition, public conversation, and intergenerational painting workshop will be at the Northfield Arts Guild.