Linn County, Close to Home

I’ve always been a realist, joyously observing and recording the fantastic visual subtleties of the perceived world. In earlier work than that shown here, I directed that interest toward still life drawings using Prismacolor pencils as well as full-length figure studies of family and friends painted in oil, both of which received significant professional recognition and inclusion in a museum and corporate collections throughout the Midwest.

Winter on Blue Creek, 20 x 40 inches, 2005, Private Collection
Riverbend Winter, 15 x 75 inches, 2001, Private Collection
Autumn View From Sutliff Road, 15 x 60 Inches, Private Collection
Spring Clouds,  30 x 60 inches, 1996, collection Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa

Primarily as a result of the whole experience of completing work for an MA in Art Education at the University of Iowa, in 1989 I tentatively directed my artistic focus toward the landscape. My work at the university included a concentration on American art history where I was particularly impressed with the Hudson River painters and wondered how that vision could be applied to my local area. Other coursework included much self-reflective writing with the aim of trying to connect what is important to me as a person to what I created in my studio. Commuting from my home to the university put me into the local rural landscape nearly every day where I watched it change with the light and evolve through the seasons. Whatever the reason, the familiar scene has been the focus of my work ever since.

Paha Dusk,  6 x 24 inches, 2015, Private Collection
Autumn Along Springville Road, 15 x 60 Inches, 2017, Private Collection
Paha Afternoon, 15 x 75 inches, 2014, Private Collection

The paintings in this section are all within an hour drive of my home, in the area where I grew up, where I have history and to which I am connected. Initially, I specifically limited myself to this area because it seemed a particular challenge to find subject suitable for painting an area that looked uninteresting compared to inherently more dramatic places. Grant Wood taught me that it was possible. Over time I have ventured into more scenic areas but continue to find inspiration close to home.

Morning on Creek Road, 16 x 48 Inches, 2000, Private Collection
Autumn View Near Matsell, 16 x 48 Inches,1999, Private Collection
Summer Creek, 12 x 15 inches, 2016, Available
Blue Creek 22 x 36 inches, 2006, private collection
Riverbend, oil on canvas, 15 x 75 inches, 2006, private collection
Map of locations coming soon for Close to Home paintings.