drawing of a faceless woman, various prairie flowers, the shape of Iowa, printed text (unreadable)
painting, acrylic and book pages on wood panel

I first fell in love with the prairie when studying art at UNI. Wandering the twisting paths of the restored prairie calmed my mind. As I drank in grasshopper droning, late summer’s scent of grass, the pollen, the leaves, and the many colors, I felt grounded and renewed. I felt the prairie sing to me in a way that allowed me to simply be.

As the divide between woman and prairie blurs, the roles separating them blur, each becoming wholly dependent on the other.

Through my paintings I seek to invite the viewer into the prairie. I hope art will raise awareness about the importance of prairie restoration and open a dialogue about the benefits of planting natives to both pollinators and people.