Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ben Bauer is known for his serene landscapes of the Upper Midwest. His childhood of exploring the river valley and wetlands influenced his interest in the natural world and the close observation of the changing seasons. At University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Bauer studied painting, and as a 21st century artist, has incorporated the internet into his art education, drawing inspiration from a variety of artists including Hudson River School master George Inness (1825–1894) and California landscapist Edgar Payne (1882–1947). His recent oil paintings have explored the changing nature of the oil paint itself. Professor Janet Whitmore writes, “These works are further explorations in the nature of his medium, as well as reflections of the transitory qualities of seasonal cycles.” His work has been included in numerous gallery exhibitions since 2005 in Texas, Arizona, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and elsewhere. He was given an honorable mention at the 2015 Art Renewal Center International Salon, a gallery award at Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, California in 2011, and an honorable mention at the 2010 Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, Texas, among other awards.