An American Quilt

I’m excited to show a collection of autumn earthy works with ceramic artist Barbara Jo Stevens beginning October 19 at the Hays Arts Council. Here’s a preview of one of my newest pieces, An American Quilt. This 13 section painting is my take on an American quilt, a quintessential staple of the pioneering life. My grandmother used to make quilts out of Depression era fabric and scraps. They are among my most cherished heirlooms, reflective of love and family.

My rendition has individual canvases fashioned with handmade stone texture imprinted with gathered grain, cedar and prairie grass. They are colored with acrylic, natural earth pigments, iron oxidized to rust, soil and other organic material. Each tile is unique and lifts up that particular earth element’s singular beauty. Collectively though, they symbolize the fabric of community. At such times, nature reminds us we are stronger together.

 

The Little Things

When I walk in nature, I find beauty in the little things… seeds, cedar berries, broken chunks of rocks. Those tend to catch my eye and we begin a conversation of sorts. A quiet exchange to thank the Creator and each other. I love to fold these tiny things into my paintings, like wheat kernels, knowing each represents a miracle. A reminder, that small things well nurtured can become great one day.

Indiangrass is Drying

I spent three lovely afternoons walking the tall Indiangrass, harvesting a nice selection that will dry for use in winter paintings. Giving thanks to the land. The summer rains produced grass as tall as I am.

New Moon

This two piece work is an expression of the new moon over the prairie land. New moons are the first lunar phase when the moon is dark to the eye. Folklore says it is a great time for new beginnings. The work features thick, handmade stone texture embedded with grain, acrylic and earth pigments, such as red oxide. The dark moon is a pool of iron oxidized to rust. The perfect reminder to clear away the old and make way for something new. On it’s way to a lovely family in Indiana.