Aeling received his B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and his M.F.A. degree from the Art Institute of Chicago. His works appear in numerous private collections and notable public collections such as the Johnson County Community College and the Kansas City Art Institute. He is the recipient of grants from the Margaret Hall-Silva Sculpture Foundation, the Lowick House of Printmaking and the Autumnal Fund at the Kansas City Art Institute. Aeling captures nature in a stormy mood in Thunderstorm, Mile 35, I-25, Highway Colorado. His handling of color in this work provides an eeriness that suits the sinister cloud formation. The dark and foreboding clouds dominate the composition and leave little room for the terrain. Many viewers can relate to the ominous quality of nature apparent in Aeling?s clouds.