Beltane Fire

 

It is a custom in the old world to light bonfires around May 1 (half way between the spring equinox and summer solstice) to protect cattle and crops. This rural practice marked the beginning of pastoral summer. The celebration is called Beltane, and the smoke and ashes were thought to hold protective powers and encourage a good growing season. This painting marks the change in season, a time when cold gives way to warmth. It contains a variety of natural elements, including Kansas limestone, earth pigments, plant ash, charcoal, rust and rainwater. The stunning rose gold is copper mica. Together these elements symbolize transformation and growth. 48×36. Sold.

Plains Limestone

The American prairie is home to spectacular limestone outcroppings weathered by eons of time. These historical tablets reveal stories of ancient days and fossilized marine life entombed in stone. Here, nature reminds us that life is always transforming. I painted this piece to resemble a dark slab of weathered stone teeming with fossil life. The patinas are brown, grey and green. The piece is comprised of natural elements, including layers of earth pigments, rust, limestone, oil rock and rainwater. 48×48

Alluvial Plain

Prairie thunderstorms bring rainy torrents to the muddy deeps of Kansas rivers. This painting is inspired by the deposition of sediment from the periodic flooding of the Smoky Hill. At such times, nature reminds us that all things are constantly evolving into a new state of being. This high texturized painting contains limestone, rust and rainwater to inspire change. 36×36 Sold to a collector in Nebraska.

Cold Front

 

When seasons change on the prairie, cold fronts clash with humid, warm air from the Gulf of Mexico, sparking powerful thunderstorms. This painting pays homage to that point where seasons collide, reminding us the power for significant change. Contains prairie limestone.