Brian Mahieu has been a plein air landscape painter since 1987. That year, he traveled to Paris, France and lived in the Latin Quarter. Seeing the Impressionist masterpieces, Monet's gardens at Giverny and the French countryside, which reminded him of Missouri, created the impetus to paint en plein air exclusively.
The primary motif of his work has been the Missouri River Valley at dusk with an emphasis on capturing the mood and atmosphere of the landscape. While studying at Columbia College, Mahieu's painting professor the late Sidney Larson encouraged him to paint outside directly from nature and to develop his painterly technique. Mahieu is a Columbia College graduate cum laude, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1989.
Mahieu has exhibited nationally including the cities of New York, Carmel and Santa Cruz. Brian's paintings are in public and private collections throughout the United States, Europe the United Kingdom and Australia, including the contemporary artist collection of the State Historical Society of Missouri. The largest public collection of Mahieu's work is at the World Aquarium in St Louis.