Landscapes and Prairies

Open spaces     Interior Memories



“ I read the landscape to help me through, to know what’s come before me there,

to find my footing in time. The land can speak us back to ourselves, a kind of autobiography.

To see it as mere scenery is like looking at the cover of a book.”

Deborah Tall, From Where We Stand

In 1998  the Prairie Series was shown at the Dittmar Gallery at Northwestern, University, Evanston, Il

Traveling Along Highway 80

Watercolor 38” x 42”

Harvest Dance

Watercolor 40”x40”


Watercolor 51”x 50 1/2”

Prairie Poetry

Watercolor 34”x 44 1/2

Show Me The Way

Watercolor 31”x 52 1/2”

Jacobs Ladder

Watercolor 31”x52 1/2”

“Some called it ‘Red Buffalo’... it was wildfire” John Madson


Watercolor 31”x52 1/2”

I grew up in Wisconsin. When I thought of the Midwestern landscape, I envisioned fields of corn surrounded by the vast sky. I never thought about what the landscape had been like before the farmers had come to plant crops and change it forever. After many years of living in the North East, I moved back to the Midwest.  I loved the New England landscape with it’s  tall forests and rocky coasts.

While planning a painting for a building in Chicago on Hubbard Street I came across this quote by Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard  “...climbing a tree, (I) gazed in admiration on the first prairie I had seen. The waving grass, intermingling with a rich profusion of wild flowers, was the most beautiful sight I had ever gazed upon.” ( from the year: 1818) I thought, how could I have grown up here and not know about the prairie? I then began to learn about the many plants that make up  a prairie, from the tall grasses to the amazing tall wild flowers. I have always felt a connection to nature and found strength and calm from being outside away from the city. In this work the people are engulfed in the landscape that surrounds them.