David Paukert, Michigan ND landscape photographer, has been an art educator in the ND public schools for the past twenty-eight years.  He retired in 2009 to further develop his prairie note card and gift business, Pastime Prints. As a North Dakota native, David has always found the prairie to be an inspiration in his photography. The ever-changing colors, textures and seasonal beauty of the prairie provide limitless “wonders” to capture on film.  As artist and historian, David’s mission is to create a greater awareness and appreciation for the aesthetic beauty of the North Dakota prairie. Through his photography, he continues to document what remains of North Dakota’s rich cultural past. Country barns, churches, prairie landscapes, rural landmarks and country still lifes are featured in his Pastime Prints “Visions of the Prairie Collection”.

David Paukert’s award-winning photography has been featured in numerous North Dakota magazines and publications including Horizon Magazine, Gifts Dakota Style and the North Dakota Agriculture text book.  He has been commissioned for works by the Grand Forks Air Force Base, Altru Hospital, Stadtler Center, UND Foundation and the National Farmers Union Office in Washington, DC.

David still keeps close to the classroom.  He is currently completing his third year as Artist –In-Residence at Larimore Elementary School.   He also teaches adult drawing classes sponsored by the Nelson County Arts Council.  David and his wife, Amy Jo operate Heritage Arts Gallery and Gifts in Michigan, ND.  It is a cooperative of over sixty artists, authors and musicians, celebrating its tenth year in business this past November.