Three Sections of Grain

This piece is inspired by American Author Willa Cather who wrote in O Pioneers!, “We come and go, but the land is always here. And the people who love it and understand it are the people who own it — for a little while.”
Farming on the Great Plains is divided neatly into sections, each 640 acres. Subdivided into halves and quarters. Viewed from the sky, the land is a patchwork of neatly cultivated squares of winter wheat, corn, beans and milo. This piece honors those who work the land, battling the elements to bring forth tiny seeds into harvest. It is not an easy profession, dependent upon the disposition of nature. But those who live off the land have a special relationship to it, an understanding that for a while, they are great stewards of this marvelous creation. The painting is constructed of handmade stone texture with embedded grain, plant ash, burnt cottonwood, Kansas soil, earth pigments and yellow-green acrylic with specks of puddely blue.