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 tell the story of the rugged American West.
I am a fifth-generation Kansan with a farming heritage and a tradition of depending upon the land, so I’m curious about it. I notice the winter geese migration, the balletic murmuration of blackbirds, the moment when the cottonwoods turn. At such time, I ask the prairie, what am I meant to know?
I think the world largely forgot how to listen to the wind, stones, storm, moons, night stars, water and soil. We no longer understand the language of the wild world. But what if we remembered?
My desire to tell nature’s story inspires raw and organic art that are abstract interpretations of land and sky. Like prairie bedrock, each painting begins with thick, stone foundations. I add layers of paint and hand-gathered materials, like prairie sage and cedar, grain, soil, iron, stone, smoke 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. The metal iron, through oxidation, transforms into rust, a reminder time is fleeting. Prairie limestone, sandstone and quartz hold millennia of land history.
The prairie is not fancy, but it is strong, rustic and tough. And, it’s full of ancient teachers in cold moons, windswept thunderstorms, survivalist trees, and petroglyphs depicting the old ways. Every day is a new frontier, an opportunity to encounter nature. It is my hope this art gives rise to a new interpretation of the American West.