Kenneth Yarus was brought up in Kalispell Montana, where he first dreamed of being a painter. He found mentors in the local art world, Steve and Nancy Cawdrey encouraged his growth as well as Greg Call,Susan Guthrie and Rusti Warner. He pursued his passion through High School and earned several awards including a Gold Key from the Scholastic Art Awards, 2nd place in the Montana "Paint the State" anti meth contest, and The John and Anne Taylor Scholarship. With this scholarship Ken was able to continue his studies at the Ashland Academy of Art. He learned the fundamentals of drawing under Russian Master Semyon Bilmes. The school moved to Maui and Ken moved to New York City's Grand Central Academy. He studied under modern masters Jacob Collins, Edward Minoff, Josh LaRock, and Scott Waddell. Ken then returned to the West Coast to continue his learning by taking workshops and painting "plein air" in the land he loves. 

"My personal love for nature and people inspire my art. I strive to communicate an emotional value about my subjects by exploring the nuances of colors and textures that make them unique. Balancing the realistic representation and the deeper emotional value is a constant struggle that will always motivate my work."


​AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

-Winner of “Gold Key” regionally for Scholastic Art and Writing competition
-Winner of the John and Ann Taylor Scholarship Kalispell Montana
-Second place in Montana's "paint the state" anti meth contest 
-Studied at the Ashland Academy of Art and the prestigious Grand Central Academy, in New York
-Youngest artist selected for the Western Masters Show in it's 40 year history
-Auction results for both quick draw and “Off the wall” auctions featured in the Great Falls Tribune 12'-13'


SHOWS



-Young Guns Showcase at Montana Gallery-Billings MT 2017

-Artist Wilderness Connection Exhibition Hockaday Museum 2017

-Rocky Mountain Oyster Show-Tucson AZ 2016

-Art Lab at the Montana Gallery-Billings MT 2016

-Hockaday Museum Plein Air Paintout 2016

-Randy Higbee Gallery 6x6 squared show 2015

-Out West Art Show Great Falls Montana 2015,16

-Heart of the West Show Coeur d'Alene Idaho 2015,16

-Montana Painters Alliance Group Show 2015,16
-Umpqua Valley Arts Association 30 under 30 exhibit Roseburg Oregon November 1st-January 2st 
-Hockaday Museum of Art Miniatures showcase 2013-2016 Kalispell Montana
-Western Masters Show 2012-2014 Great Falls Montana
-Hockaday Members Only Salon 2012 Kalispell Montana
-Human Therapy on Horseback Benefit Auction Whitefish Montana
-Hockaday Plein Air Paint out 2012 Kalispell Montana
-Buckhorn plein air auction 2011 Bigfork Montana