Size: 16"W x 12"H x 0.75"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
I was inspired to paint this piece from an old country church that we pass by on the way to our county fair each year. I depicted this church at sunset in a very minimal feeling scene. I like to leave out unnecessary elements in my paintings and paint mainly from memories of places that I have been and seen over the years to do this. This painting is wired to hang so that no framing is necessary.
My painting style leans towards Realism, with a touch of the Abstract at times, although I often use elements of Tonalism and Minimalism in them. I have been inspired by the Tonalists, Hudson River School Artists, Minimalists, Abstract & Realist artists for my art. I work mainly in acrylic paint on stretched canvas, for my Heartland landscapes. I paint with a process of building up many layers, using both wet and dry brush techniques, for my paintings. My art work has been described as having an intriguing peacefulness, in its quiet simplicity.
My original landscape paintings are in private collections throughout the U.S.A. as well as in : Canada, France, Iceland, Portugal, Belgium, England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Zimbabwe, and Australia.
I grew up wanting to be an artist! The ideas for my paintings come from my imagination, and memories of places that I have seen and been to, here in the countryside of the rural Midwestern Heartland. I paint my landscapes simply, from my heart. In my paintings, I want to capture the feeling of peaceful, quiet, isolation, found out in the country. I have always had a fascination with old the old farmhouses and barns found on the old country farmsteads, here in the Heartland. Some of my fondest childhood memories and inspiration, are of the visits to my grandparent's remote Midwestern farm. Set down a very long lane, that eventually wound around the old barn, horse pasture, granary, corn crib, machine shed, chicken house, to then end up at their old farmhouse, with its white picket fence in the yard beyond. The croquet set would be on the lawn and Grandma would have one of her homemade pies waiting on the kitchen counter. A little bit of heaven here on earth, it felt to me back then when I was a kid! I received a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from Northern IL University. I live and paint in a quiet, rural setting in the Midwest. My contemporary paintings of the American heartland are inspired by the beauty and vastness of the back country landscape.