Profile: Carl Bretzke

Artist Profile

Carl Bretzke

Main Beach Silhouette, Oil, © Carl Bretzke
Main Beach Silhouette       16 x 20"        Oil

   If you've ever looked at and tried to understand a CT scan or MRI or any medical imaging, it becomes clear that the radiologist who deciphers these media must have focused and keen visual acuity. Carl Bretzke was trained as a Interventional Radiologist and worked in the field for many years, but his minor in college was Fine Art. He kept his artistic passion alive until he was able to retire early from his medical career and devote himself to his painting. His paintings reflect the sharp observation of a scientist and the perceptive sensibility of an artist. His work has been exhibited nationally and he has won multiple First Place, Best of Show and Artists' Choice Awards in plein air competitions. Bretzke wrote to us about the intertwining of his two careers into his full-time work as an artist and his processes for painting changing light and nocturnes.

Fog in the Valley, Oil, © Carl Bretzke
Morning Fog in the Valley     24 x 36"     Oil

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