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Unexpected Vistas

Unexpected Vistas

Contains 11 Images

As a landscape artist I have focused on the Iowa Landscape in all its beauty and variety but recently came to the realization that I had visited only 3 or 4 of the many state parks that have been set aside for our enjoyment. For this reason, I began my series of paintings and drawings of the Iowa State parks in 2009 and set out to visit as many of these diverse and beautiful landscapes as time allowed, painting on location and taking photographs for future studio references. As I immersed myself in these parks I was surprised and awed by these special places and the work that has resulted has caught the attention of all who have seen it, including the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, who have supported me in this endeavor. Many are reminded of places that are important to them, and everyone is inspired to visit places they had never known before. That is my goal and hope for this exhibit.

Artwork

Artwork

Contains 9 Images

I am drawn to nature and connect with the landscape in a deeply personal way. The creative process is an emotional and spiritual experience for me. The recent pathway landscapes represent life's journey and the unknown destiny around the bend. The sky and cloud formations encompass and indicate an awesome power much greater than the self. Their subtle variations of forms and colors show the intricate beauty of nature: I have always had a fascination with equestrian animals that began in early childhood. The horse is a beautiful and graceful animal which maintains a tree spirit that reflects its ability to survive without man. Painting is a culmination of my life experiences and the places and objects I have encountered are represented in my art.

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