Welcome to my studio at Fossil Lake. The art here is inspired by earth and sky, ancient stone, cold moons, winds and storms. Forces that speak to eternity and transformation.
I paint to connect people to the spirit of wild things so they may know they are part of something greater. From my studio on Fossil Lake, I study prairie life. I believe people who live on the land are tied to it in special ways.
They notice the traveling geese.
Sense a thunderstorm forming on the horizon.
Regard the changing cottonwoods.
My art is an abstract interpretation of the world around me – the land, storm, wind and night sky. I build paintings with stone texture and embedded grain, then combine paint with hand-gathered materials I find on my prairie wanderings so people might share in this belonging.
As a fifth-generation Kansan, I grew up here but moved away as an adult. I began to paint when I returned to the land and saw it with a new set of eyes, regarding great teachers in cold winter moons, hawks soaring against the wind, and the moment the cottonwoods turn.
My desire to share the story of these wild things inspires deeply textured art that is an abstract interpretation of land and sky. Like prairie bedrock, each painting begins with thick, stone foundations. I add layers of paint and hand-gathered materials, like wild sage and Eastern red cedar, grain, soil, limestone, field quartz and rainwater.
These materials carry symbolism and help compose the painting. For example, plant ash hearkens to Kansas ranchers who burn the spring prairie to strengthen the root system below. Iron, through oxidation, transforms into rust, a reminder time is fleeting. Prairie stones hold the wisdom of our land.
The prairie is strong place and full of ancient teachers. She reminds us every day is a new frontier.