Inspiration is the ‘voice’ within the chaos mixed in with the beauty of the landscape. Each of my paintings are uniquely their own—take a closer look.
Year 2016 and a new series begun on “The Prairie”. Much time is spent at the farm in southern Minnesota. Experiencing the many varied seasons of the prairie, it is fascinating to experience the many grasses and wildflowers that appear and disappear to have new ones take their place. The prairie is dense and poetic in its movement and color.
I am now living most of the year in Minnesota. When I talk about my paintings, it is harder to explain to people here what is “fracking” and what it means to have drilling going on right across the street from you – which happens in Colorado. Different perspectives depending on where you are. I was unfortunate (and fortunate) to be living in Weld County, Colorado at the start of the oil boom there. Right as we moved there (2006) off in the not so distant horizon against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. I began to see oil derricks punctuating the sky, so I had a lot of “up close” views. Especially eerie at night, for the work never stops.
The painting – “The Silent Land” became much more spiritual as I painted.
The night sky gives the painting mystery and atmosphere – what is that feeling we get when we look up into the sky full of stars—a sense of quiet and reverence for things that are deep and infinite. Petroglyphs began to come out of the foreground and I began thinking about the ages of man and what we bury.