David Grote

David is an artist and farmer who works out of Whippoorwill Farm and Studio, located in the forest and lakes region of Bayfield County in Iron River, Wisconsin.

He studied at Mount Scenario College and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and holds a double Masters in Ceramics and Painting from Idaho State University. He worked as a 4-H Youth Development Agent for the University of Wisconsin in Extension for 9 years before leaving to focus on the farm and his art. Primarily a traditional landscape painter, David now paints scenes of the farm, and its residents.

Whippoorwill Farm is named after a migratory nocturnal bird native to the area which has a loud rhythmic whip-poor-will song.

The farm, is inspired by the Scandinavian heritage of the area and was built by David and his partner, Tom Jensen. It is home to several hardy Nordic breeds of livestock, including Norwegian Fjord horses, a flock of Icelandic sheep and one of the largest genetic pools of Icelandic landrace chickens in North America, The Swedish-inspired farm house, sheep shed, hen houses and even chicken tractors are painted Falun Red to keep the farm’s theme. One can almost imagine they’ve been transported to Scandinavia.



Duluth Folk School
1917 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806


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