Night Thunder



The prairie produces the most thunder at night, a deep rumbling that rouses one from dreams. It moves from west to east, a powerful force rushing toward the dawn. Over the planted fields, and past the creeks and lakes, thunder brings rain on its wings to renew all things. The top painting pays homage to the thunder beings with very thick stone texture and generous portions of iron oxidized to rust to symbolize strength. The lower painting honors the plains, crops and plants. It too is thickly made with stone on canvas and embedded with hundreds of tiny hemp seeds. Other natural elements include Kansas salt, soil, ash and the cleansing smoke of plants.