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 adventure 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.




Frame of Reference - Whitefish Montana

Coeur d'Alene GalleriesCoeur d'Alene Idaho

Meyer Gallery - Park City Utah

Montana Gallery - Billings Montana


-Summer Show at Settlers West Gallery-Tucson AZ 2018

-American Miniatures Show-Settlers West Gallery-Tucson AZ 2018

5 Year Anniversary Show Montana Gallery- Billings MT 2018

-10th Annual Miniatures by the Lake Show CdA Galleries- Coeur d'Alene Idaho 2017

-Where the Mountains Meet the Sky-Waynesboro VA 2017

-Young Guns Showcase at Montana Gallery-Billings MT 2017

-Artist Wilderness Connection Exhibition Hockaday Museum 2017

-Rocky Mountain Oyster Show-Tucson AZ 2016,17

-Art Lab at the Montana Gallery-Billings MT 2016

-Hockaday Museum Plein Air Paintout 2016,17

-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 2015,16,17

-Hockaday Museum of Art Miniatures showcase 2013-2016 Kalispell Montana

-Western Masters Show 2012-2014 Great Falls Montana

-Hockaday Plein Air Paint out 2012 Kalispell Montana

-Buckhorn plein air auction 2011 Bigfork Montana


-June 2018 Bold Brush Contest Winner
-Member of the Montana Painters Alliance 2018
-Finalist in the ARC Salon 2017 Landscape Category
-Winner of “Gold Key” regionally for Scholastic Art and Writing competition
-Winner of the John and Ann Taylor Scholarship Kalispell Montana
-Studied at the Ashland Academy of Art and the prestigious Grand Central Academy, in New York