The art here is inspired by the Great American Prairie. It’s an examination of the natural world and its urging for us to journey through life with vigor and blaze a trail.
From my studio on Fossil Lake in Russell Kansas, I study prairie life. Some of the harshest conditions in the world are found on the grassland, and despite that, nature thrives. I find great teachers in rushing thunderstorms, cold winter moons, ancient Cottonwoods, fossilized limestones and prairie hawks soaring against the wind. I’m also inspired by Plains wisdom and folklore.
To help you grow closer to earth wisdom, I use materials carefully selected from my prairie wanderings, such as limestone, found Cottonwood bark, plant ash, soil, rainwater and native grass. The elements are folded into paint or used in mark making to create truly unique pieces that share nature’s story of resilience, hope and growth.
The Kansas motto – Ad Astra per Aspera – aptly describes the prairie mentality, to the stars through difficulties. It’s that notion that while we may struggle from time to time to find our footing in life, the path forward makes us stronger.
May you be inspired on your life journey.
If you see a painting that interests you, let me send additional photographs or a short video. The paintings are luxuriously textural and tactile. Each undergoes layers of transformation until I feel I have pulled out of the canvas a story the prairie wishes to share. I use acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas with a combination of carefully selected natural materials, including limestone, sandstone, iron oxidized to rust, charcoal, plant ash, earth pigments and soil. You will receive a story card with a description of the natural materials used. Select pieces are hand-framed with recycled wood or Eastern Red Cedar cut from our family farm.