Carl Buttke was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1940. He has lived on the West Coast
since 1965 and has been painting for over 25 years. He lives on Orcas Island, Washington
with his wife Penny.
Carl paints primarily from nature and from his travels throughout the U.S. and Europe.
He is also inspired by creating abstract nonrepresentational paintings. He paints
with watercolor, acrylic, oil, and pastel. Carl began painting as a child in Wisconsin.
This was followed by a career as a consulting transportation engineer and then in
1993, he resumed his childhood dream of becoming an artist.
Carl has painted extensively in villages throughout France, including Monet's Giverny
garden, Spain and Portugal. Currently he is painting landscapes of the San Juan
Islands and the Pacific Northwest as well as abstract nonrepresentational images.
Carl studied at the Pacific Northwest College of Art extension program in Portland,
Oregon, in the studio of James Kirk for 15 years, and with Stephen Quiller and other
leading watercolor artists.
He currently sells his paintings at the Orcas Island Artworks gallery and has shown
his paintings at the 2008 Plein Air Art Show and in the gallery at the Crow Valley
Pottery and Gallery and at the Abstract Art Show at the Orcas Center on Orcas Island,
Washington. Previously galleries in Bend and Sisters, Oregon and Ketchum, Idaho
One Person Shows
Orcas Island Artworks, 2009 and 2012
Key Bank, Orcas Island, WA, 2009
Orcas Center Lobby Gallery, 2010 and 2013
Doe Bay Resort and Retreat, Orcas Island, 2010 and 2011