Born in the Midwest, Curt had the good fortune to have inherited
art talent from his Swedish-born maternal grandfather who was
an artist, sculptor and furniture maker.

As a developing artist, he majored in fine art at the University
of Illinois with a minor in advertising. His skills quickly matured
under the tutelage of instructors Frank Gallo, Peter Bodnar and
Billy Morrow Jackson.

His career as a painter took a back seat when he landed his first job in advertising at TLK where
he started his prolific award-winning career with subsequent stints at DMB&B, Leo Burnett,
DDB Chicago and Euro RSCG Tatham. As a creative director, he helped build many brands both
global and domestic. He created the longest running campaign in Anheuser-Busch’s history with
“This Bud’s for You” and put Red Lobster on the seafood dining map with the award winning campaign, “For the Seafood Lover in You.”

Despite his success in the ad world, his passion for art never waned. He kept up with his painting
and mixed media commissions through the years. After 25 years Curt decided to get serious about
his painting after a film production trip to the Southwest desert re-awakened his passion for
landscapes and Native American culture.

He has created paintings and mixed media that have sold at a number of fund-raising auctions.
His paintings hang on the walls of corporate organizations and many private collections.

Check out the work in his various collections. Many of his paintings are available to purchase.
Please feel free to comment on his work and to contact him. He’d love to hear from you at