Qcc Artist Directory

Ken Geisen

A painter, swing dancer, angler and skier, hiker and cyclist


About the Art

It was in New Mexico that Ken turned his creative talents back to painting. Inspired by the vibrant colors and spatial dynamics, Ken wanted his art to have an immediate personal and visual impact on the viewer.

He works in oils, having refined his technique under the tutelage of Taos artist and teacher Richard Nichols. He paints impressionistic landscapes gleaned from personal experiences in the southwest while pursuing his other interests: downhill skiing, fly fishing, mountain biking, and hiking. Many evenings you will find him swing dancing at the Sagebrush Inn or anywhere the music swings!


Ken was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he was an artistic child even in grade school. He earned a BA in Art at St. John’s University in Minnesota.

He worked for several years on the exhibition crew at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Using the technical cabinetry skills learned there led to Ken starting a custom cabinetry business that he worked for 30 years. In 2003 Ken bought property in New Mexico seeking to add some sunshine to his life. He and his wife divide their time between NM and MN.


Ken Geisen
HC 81, Box 48,
Questa NM 87556

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