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Benevolent Brushwork

Lone Ranger

If you stood in front of the house where I spent my early years, you could throw a rock in two directions and hit corn. The other two directions would hit a cemetery and a vacant lot—both of which served as playgrounds for us kids in the neighborhood. I was born and raised in the small town of Yellow Springs, Ohio, where cornfields, pig farms, and dairy operations dominated the landscape. There was plenty of beautiful open space, and it was all agricultural land. This instilled in me a deep appreciation for farming; I think it explains why, years later, I am often drawn to paint scenes that include those elements.

For the last eight years, I have participated in the annual art show that benefits the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, which works to preserve land resources in Marin County, California. As a participant in this show, I have access to dozens of ranches in Marin and their livestock. One operation in particular has drawn my interest—a beautiful 1,200-acre spread with beef cattle, sheep, rolling hills, and spectacular views of Tomales Bay. Many of the paintings featured here were created to portray and help preserve this inspiring agricultural landscape.

Big Red

Lookout

Cuttin' WOol

Shorn Again

Hay Vault

Home Again

Movin' Cattle

Lolo 1

Lolo 2

You Can Lead a Horse to Water

Round Up

Towards the Chute

Saddle Up

Walkin' the Line

Watershed

Medicine Man

Property Lines

Herdsman

Sheep

Cheese Makers

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