Artist Statement This exhibit is inspired by my fascination with the flora and fauna of our prairie lands. For these I’ve used oil paint and cold wax to create movement and depth in the work. Inspired by walks, runs, and bikes through our many beautiful Midwestern parks, I often begin painting immediately after returning home from a photography session, while the feeling of the outdoors is still fresh in my mind. I use both photographs and life, to shape the work. These large landscapes with floral and water scenes are made with thickly applied paint, using a palette knife. This creates the movement and depth as well as clean color. Prairie flowers, grasses and birds seem to come to life on the canvas as I paint.