KAMMERUDE'S Early American Farm Scenes

Gerald D. Regan
March/April 1988


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P. O. Box 117 Plato Center, IL 60170.

Lavern Kammerude, of Blanchardville, Wisconsin, started painting when he retired from the dairy farm at the age of fifty-five. He is now seventy-three years old with over 200 original paintings to his credit. He paints what he knows and remembers. Farm scenes of days gone by spring to life on canvas through masterful strokes from his brush.

Kammerude was the winner of the 1986 Wisconsin State Heritage Award for outstanding 'rural art' work, and the Wisconsin Art Board has called him 'an outstanding talented man exceptional.'

The remarkable thing about this retired dairyman-turned-artist is that he has had no formal art training and creates his oil paintings almost entirely from memory. Asked about how he acquired his artistic talent, Kammerude replies, 'I guess I've always had it, and I nurtured it along a little with a course by mail from an artist's school.'

Kammerude's paintings vividly conjure up nostalgic scenes from his boyhood days growing up on a Wisconsin dairy farm. He recalls helping his dad hitch up the team of horses on a cold winter day to haul milk to the cheese factory. He has fond memories of neighbors getting together for 'threshing bees' and of haying and shredding with the machinery of that day. In fact, the memory of these occasions is so indelibly imprinted on Kammerude's mind that he is able, through total recall of the situation coupled with his artistic talent, to recreate the scene right down to the most minute detail.

Kammerude resides with his wife, Mildred, on a small acreage near Blanchardville, a sleepy little community tucked away in the hills of southwest Wisconsin. When he doesn't have a paintbrush in hand, Kammerude likes 'fishing and going to ballgames,' but bringing to life on canvas memories of his rural Wisconsin childhood is what he likes to do best.

The Kammerude paintings shown on this page are among a number of works for which signed, numbered prints are available.








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