Sunflower Gloriana

I love late summer, because the prairie land is blanketed with sunflowers. They grow wild here in great bunches on thick green stalks. Before the wind changes to the north, nature provides us this one last show of glorious color to remind us of her goodness. My rendition has undulating stone texture, deep layers of rust, salt and acrylic. May it inspire happiness. Canvas is 1.5 inch gallery wrapped and ready to hang.

Mudpie Moon

The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumn equinox, a brightly lit orb to illuminate the field. Nature’s gift to help us be industrious to gather in our work before a season of rests sets in. It is one of my favorite moons, an orange lantern ascending from the Eastern sky. My whimsical rendition is painted in the days leading up to the moon. I made it large and glorious with two types of stone texture, rust, salt, Kansas clay, cedar ash and acrylic. It is smudged with purifying wild sage. May it inspire wonder and play. Canvas is 1.5 inch gallery wrapped and ready to hang.

The Blue Flower

Blue flowers are unique and rare, symbolizing a journey to discover ourselves. A longing to find our place in the world and find beauty in all things. My rendition has undulating stone texture with rust, rainwater, acrylic, oil stick and sea salt. It is smudged with cleansing wild sage. May it inspire peaceful meditation on love and life. Sold to an amazing family.

Gathering Wild Sage

Got some excellent fresh sage today for smudge sticks. I use the ash in art and I ❤️ what it does for the studio. Nearly stepped on a snake, but it was a friendly one.

Moonrise over the Bones of the Earth

Moonrise over the Bones of the Earth invites you to wander timeless stones and bathe in solace-giving winds. It’s inspired by the vast limestone deposits of Kansas, evidence of an ancient ocean long gone. May it nudge you toward a place deeply rooted in age and wisdom. Features a spiral moonrise of stone hearkening to ancient petroglyphs, the symbol of eternity. With iron oxidized to rust, topsoil, charcoal and beeswax. 

Full Moon

How lovely it is to wish upon a moon, to receive the grace of its light. The moon cycle reminds us we are never stuck, for life is always renewing. This minimal moon features an orb of heavy stone on canvas molded with organic grain to form hundreds of tiny craters. It has a Himalayan sea salt, generous layers of iron oxidized to rust, and the cleansing smoke of white sage. May it inspire you to gaze at nature’s wonders. Sold to an amazing couple in Colorado.

Layers at Deines Cultural Center, Russell, KS

Opening Friday, June 21 from 5 to 7 PM is the Deines Cultural Center’s summer art exhibition, Layers, which features six artists from or currently living in Russell. The show includes acrylic, oil and mixed media paintings by Bill Farmer, David Friday, Angela Muller and Shannon Trevethan, bronze sculpture by Matt Lyczak and multimedia sculpture by Dustin Poche’. Layers will be on display in the Deines galleries from June 21 through August 16.

 

Strecker Nelson West Gallery

Very excited to have three pieces at the Strecker-Nelson-West Gallery show entitled Golden Valley-Endless Skyway opening this Friday, June 14 at 5:00 pm. If you are in the Manhattan, KS area, please come see all the amazing prairie landscapes. The show is up until August.

 

Happy Like a Zinnia

Zinnias are flowers of endurance. I like their style, bright and joyful in the face of searing summer heat. Because not much stops a zinnia, they were my flower of choice in my childhood gardening days. I couldn’t wait to see what colors the flower packets produced. This painting is a homage to simple pleasures. My rendition of a zinnia is made of very thick stone texture, oxidized iron, charcoal, limestone, a few rose petals and acrylic. May it inspire you to find the bright side in life.

Blue Moon

Growing up on the Kansas prairie strongly influenced my love of nature. Here it is so dark that the moon takes center stage amid a canopy of stars, inspiring wishes in the hushed silence. It inspired a new series of minimal moons featuring an orb of heavy stone on canvas molded with organic grain to form hundreds of tiny craters. I add a wee bit of purifying salt, oxidized iron and the cleansing smoke of white sage to inspire hopes and dreams.