Reunited at last - my senior thesis painting ‘20 Miles East of Faith,’ 2011. Acrylic on panel, 13,5’ x 8’.

This work went through innumerable iterations before I settled on these dimensions and presentation. I wanted to create a work that was evocative and immersive, one that would suck the viewer in to the storm whether or not they wanted to participate.

This painting is an homage to the resilience of Midwestern agricultural leaders, to those individuals who rely on the land for their livelihood and who must endure as the landscape changes to create unavoidable challenges. There is nothing else between the person and the storm: they watch it coming, boiling on the distant horizon, unsure if those clouds carry promise or destruction.