When the Grass Changes

If you ask me what the prairie’s most magical season is, I’d tell you it’s the onset of autumn. The time when the earth burns off an abundance of energy before resting. A grand opus to growth.

And for a glimpse, we are surrounded by that majesty. Tall Indian Grass inked in deep russet. Families of wild turkeys, deer and geese now grown. The crops come in. The storms are mature, not the loud clanking of spring, but soft, confident rains born of time. In autumn, nature reminds us the glorious world is worth celebrating.

This diptych is acrylic with earthen material, including limestone, rainwater, plant ash, charcoal and iron oxidized to rust. The limitless sky invites imagination while the prairie grass below grounds us.

Lughnasadh

The Celtic Wheel of the Year focuses on the change seasons. It is a reminder to pause and take stock of our life. The cross-quarter of late summer is Lughnasadh, a celebration of the early grain harvest. It is the first Gaelic harvest festival, a reminder that small things well nurtured mature into great things.

This diptych can be displayed horizontally or vertically. Summer’s brilliant white transitions to the fertile red field of harvest. Features handmade stone texture, acrylic topsoil, bits of limestone, remnants of prairie grass, red oxide and iron oxidized to rust. Surrounded by a weathered wood frame.

A Bespoke Painting of Earth and Stone

I was commissioned to create a Wolf Moon painting for a special person with an affinity for wolf spirits. This closeup of the finished work details hand-made stone texture combined with acrylic and earth elements, including iron, limestone, ash and freshly collected snow. I frequently work with plants and was inspired to lend the painting the smoke and resin of the Pinon Pine. It will soon be in the hands of its collector in the West Coast.

Wolf Moon

Born deep in the crevice of the winter sky, the Wolf Moon is the first full moon of the new year, ushering in choice. It challenges us to persevere in the face of difficulty. I used handmade stone texture to sculpt a river of milky ice flowing around the moon to symbolize the progression of time. Acrylic with iron oxidized to rust indicates impermanence. Eastern red cedar ash represents eternity amid trials. Layers of paint, snowmelt, stone and earth pigment lend an appearance of fossilized limestone bathed under cold moonlight. 12×16 on birch cradleboard

Prairie in Midwinter

This piece celebrates the prairie land in midwinter, a time when fragile daylight gently embraces the dark fallow soil. Nature’s quiet encourages reflection and rest. Acrylic with handmade texture, ground prairie gypsum and limestone, topsoil, rainwater, iron and earth pigments to inspire grounding. 24×24

Sedona Crossroads

This piece is a symbol of faith and decision-making. A daily reminder we may choose a direction. Acrylic with earthen material including Sedona sandstone, prairie limestone and iron oxidized to rust to remind us time is fleeting. 24×24

Stone Person

Behold, Spring has Come

This painting celebrates the spring prairie, a lovely season where plants, long dormant, now grow with color, vigor and joy. At such times, nature reminds us of hopeful tomorrows. The title is drawn from a passage by Sitting Bull, a Lakota Sioux, “Behold, my brothers, spring has come; the Earth has received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the result of that love! Every seed has awakened and so has all animal life. It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being; and we, therefore, yield to our neighbors, even our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves to inhabit this land.” Lovingly painted with prairie limestone and soil to symbolize new beginnings. 30×40, surrounded by recycled wood frame.

Plains Limestone

The American prairie is home to spectacular limestone outcroppings weathered by eons of time. These historical tablets reveal stories of ancient days and fossilized marine life entombed in stone. Here, nature reminds us that life is always transforming. I painted this piece to resemble a dark slab of weathered stone teeming with fossil life. The patinas are brown, grey and green. The piece is comprised of natural elements, including layers of earth pigments, rust, limestone, oil rock and rainwater. 48×48

Cold Front

 

When seasons change on the prairie, cold fronts clash with humid, warm air from the Gulf of Mexico, sparking powerful thunderstorms. This painting pays homage to that point where seasons collide, reminding us the power for significant change. Contains prairie limestone.