Beautiful Winter Abstract

Winter Woods.  48″ x 72″, oil on canvas.

This was a lovely commission for a beautiful home in Massachusetts.  They see their fair share of snow so I wanted to make something to remind them how beautiful winter weather can be…                                                                                                                                      ( * The texture & transparency is impossible to catch photographing white paint *)

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Encircling Brown- latest brown trout commission

encirclingbrown_schlaff-600Encircling Brown.  48″ x 36″, oil on canvas.  Commissioned. SOLD.

The concept of “having a brown trout swimming toward you, with it’s head turned at an angle, rising and about to strike a fly” never could have turned out more beautifully.  It was a pleasure start-to-finish working on this custom commission!  Realism and abstraction marry perfectly to create fantastical pathways for the eye to wander through this painting.  So much movement!  At times it is as if the sun is flickering and filtering on the fish underwater…while other moments reveal tension as if water is rippling with aggression.

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Coming Upon The River- Au Sable River Painting

ComingUponTheRiver_Schlaff Coming Upon The River, 32″ x 72″, oil on canvas

This painting is the result of my residency at Gates Au Sable Lodge during the late summer of 2014.  The goal of my time spent was to soak up as much of the feeling of the Au Sable river as possible, and immerse my soul in the feeling of that place.  To say it was spiritual is an understatement.  With the passage of time what was given to me was an even more layered oil painting than most.  Memory and sound collided to create this piece…it was as if the music of the river controlled my brush, at times simply letting the paint flow.  Wind was in the trees, sunlight dancing through the foliage all the while the sparkling off the water reminded that dancing beneath/in front of/or alongside me I was in a beautiful place. The Au Sable River beckons you toward it with sound and majesty, the trees tease you with their needles and branches.  A childlike anticipation always builds but the wonder never disappoints.  Wherever the clearing may be, once the weight of the world is behind you, and you feel it before you even see it, it is then you are Coming Upon The River.

Limited Edition Giclees are available HERE

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Aspire, oil on canvas, 24" x 30", Commissioned

Aspire, oil on canvas, 24″ x 30″, Commissioned

This beautiful commissioned painting was so meaningful to create.  The collector of this work wanted me to create a painting for his daughter, who is only a child now, but will one day become her own woman and go out in this world on her own.  The husband and wife wanted me to work with the concept that their daughter could “achieve anything she set her eye on”.   They wanted something abstract, yet also conveying a rainbow trout eyeing a dry fly.  Also references from a recent Alaska trip were put into the coloring of the painting.   There is so much movement & fluidity to this piece…ever evolving for every stage of her life.

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Psychedelic Trout Spots- supporting art for Kids!

PsychedelicTroutSpots_REACHSchlaff Psychedelic Trout Spots, 10″ x 10″ oil on canvas.

This little gem will be available THIS Saturday, December 12th to help benefit Lansing’s REACH Studio Art Center!  Please help support free art making space for kids!!  Go to to buy tickets to the A Not So Silent Night benefit & silent auction.

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