Fresh Ash in Art-Making

I love to use natural materials in paintings so they carry the spirit of the land. I start with handmade stone texture and often apply charcoal/ash directly from a burnt twig or bark. I found local Eastern Red Cedar is malleable and works well. […]

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Turning the Corner with the Seasons

Those who live close to the land are sensitive to change in seasons, ever hopeful moisture will come for plants and animals turning the corner. I love the time when winter wheat begins to grow in expectation of one day ripening to golden perfection. At such times, nature reminds us there is a reward for […]

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The Tempest

As we approach the spring storm season, I am contemplating the power of the prairie thunderstorm to clear a path. At such times, nature reminds us that even great disruptions eventually give way to beginnings. This piece features handmade stone texture containing wheat collected from last year’s harvest. It lends a beautiful texture and I […]

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Filling the Ogallah

The natural beauty of the American Prairie inspires my paintings. The russet native grass. The chalky hues of limestone. The gravel gray roughness of a cottonwood trunk. So captivating, we often forget that the life we enjoy is sustained by the vast waters below. The Ogallah aquifer is a vast underground reservoir that nourishes life across the American […]

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