Aurora Borealis Over the Rocky Mountains

Mike Kraus
2 min readMar 13


Brightscapes: The Way To Beauty

Our car whined climbing the steep roads of the Rocky Mountains and the headlights only seemed to illuminate the black void of the sky. Twists and turns around every rock. Just inches from the road were cliffs with no bottom. As we came out of a tunnel, the sky flashed and danced with vibrant colors and unusual shapes. We pulled off the desolate road and just watched the sky for hours.

Aurora Borealis Over the Rocky Mountains

acrylic paint of canvas board

5" x 7" (12.7 cm x 17.8 cm)

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This piece would look best in a space that is dark red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, white, beige, grey, or wood.

Mike Kraus was born on the industrial shoreline of Muskegon, Michigan. After earning his Fine Arts Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he attended Grand Valley State University for his graduate degree. From there, he gained varied experiences from the Chicago Architecture Center, Art Institute of Chicago, Hauenstein Center For Presidential Studies, Lollypop Farm Humane Society, and the Lurie Children’s Foundation. And every place he worked, he had his sketchbook with him and found ways to be actively creative. In 2014, Kraus became a full-time artist by establishing Mike Kraus Art. Since then, he has sold thousands of paintings that are displayed in nearly every state and dozens of countries. Currently, Kraus lives in Rochester, New York with his beautiful wife and goofy dog.

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