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Michael Vosburg, Forum Photo Editor, Published December 18 2011

Portraits: Carl Oltvedt

Carl Oltvedt stands with his watercolor “Autumn Walk” during the reception for his “Oltvedt’s on Eighth” exhibit Thursday in Nichole’s Fine Pastry in downtown Fargo. Oltvedt likes to paint outdoors, what he calls “plain air” work. “When I go to the North Shore, for example, most of the work I do is outside unless it rains, and then I might use digital photographs as reference in the cabin I rent,” he says. “But most of the time, I’m able to work outdoors the whole time I’m there. That’s what I do around here, too.” This piece painted at Buffalo River is an example of that. Oltvedt says that when he paints outdoors he “can watch the light change. Things become enhanced that weren’t at first.” Though Oltvedt primarily paints during the summer and on weekends, he spends most of the school year teaching at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he heads the drawing program. “When I was a student, I always respected the teachers who I knew were working more than I did, those who weren’t because they weren’t showing the commitment to it over time. I think that’s really important, and I’m driven to do it. It’s my life’s passion. So I’m engaged. I’m thinking about it all the time.” Oltvedt’s work will

be on display through Jan. 28.