BFA, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 1980
MA, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO 2006
MFA, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO 2007
I came out of school as a painter and had plans to
make it as a painter, but truthfully I had no idea
what that meant. I was a child. While scrambling
for work I found a position with a major photography
studio. I ultimately turned that into a career.
Painting had to wait for a time.
But nothing is static and nothing stays the same.
Photography changed with the advent and
overwhelming acceptance of digital capture. The
shooting is the same but the needs of the clients
have changed drastically. The timing of the shift in
the industry, however, proved to be most
advantageous for me. I could paint again with
In 1998 I pulled out the paints, spent time
relearning the vocabulary of painting, and soon
transitioned my career to the fine arts.
I currently live and work in Granite City, IL - just
across the river from of St. Louis. Under the roof of
Lon Brauer Studios, I actively engage in plein air
events, art fairs, and gallery showings throughout
the US and in the UK. I teach drawing and painting
and exhibit in various venues and galleries. And, of
course, still do photography as it comes.
We are the sum of our experiences.