Superior Blue is Rob and Carrie Mohn's home and on-line store, located out of the Keweenaw Peninsula of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. All of their artwork is displayed at Vertin Gallery at 220 6th St., Calumet, Michigan 49913, or call to make a private appointment.
Rob and Carrie went to school together in Northern Wisconsin, then reconnected and married in 2016, 32 years later. After being far from the north for decades, Rob and Carrie returned to the area for their honeymoon, driving from Tennessee to Copper Harbor. During their visit to the Keweenaw they became enamored with the area, and a half-year later purchased their home in Laurium.
After high school Rob attended the University of Madison, then entered the Coast Guard, doing his tour of duty on the East Coast and the Caribbean islands. Thereafter he began working in the telecom industry, which he continues to do remotely. During his time off he loves to explore and obtain subjects for his photographs. He strives to share the fleeting yet notable moments that others might not have the chance to witness.
Carrie found joy in painting the last semester of high school. She graduated with a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Minnesota, focusing on post-impressionist art, but later began to prefer 19th century painters of northern Europe, Russia, and the U.S., such as Birge Harrison, Charles Warren Eaton, John Singer Sargent, and Joachin Soyalla.
In her twenties she emmigrated to Toronto, and later, Grande Prairie, Alberta, eventually obtaining citizenship. She worked in varied careers as a nurses aide, art supply store clerk, and in printing. Fifteen years later she moved to Portland Oregon, and earned journeyman papers from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades in commercial painting.
Later, restoring a 12-bedroom home in New Jersey, Carrie was able to attend classes in New York City at Grand Central Atelier, (directed by Jacob Collins), with instructors Colleen Barry, Anthony Baus, Sam Hung, Tony Curanaj, Sam Wesniski, and Justin Wood. She was also very influenced by a cast drawing class taught at Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art in Duluth by Devin Cecil-Wishing.
During these years Carrie wrote, illustrated, and self-published a book called “Song for the Maker: an Alphabet”, which is available world-wide.
Her other projects include a series of fictitious 19th century trademarks of occupations and companies of Upper Michigan, and a collection of 52 mounted and framed pencil thumbnail sketches. Her paintings are in collections in the U.S. and Canada. She presently concentrates on oil painting, documenting the Keweenaw landscape on site or in the studio from her photographs.
Rob and Carrie hope their efforts will influence people to cherish the natural areas, history, and the livelihoods of the people of the Keweenaw. They want to express their heart-felt thanks to Mary Sue Hyslop for the providing that opportunity in the fascinating setting, Vertin Gallery.
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