“San Joaquin Prairie” painting
“San Joaquin Prairie”, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 40×30″
I’ve lived in the midwest US, and I’ve seen plenty of prairies. As it turns out, California has its share of horizon-spanning plains too. I found one such in the San Joaquin Valley, north of Merced. Not pancake-flat, the grassy land instead gently rolled as far as the eye could see. It may have been part of a vast pasturage for cattle – I did see barbed wire. What was most striking to me was its sheer expanse, seemingly endless, from horizon to horizon. It felt otherworldly.
I snapped a quick photo out the car window while whizzing past. The picture was a little blurry, but the vision of the astonishing expanse of dry grass was etched into my memory. Between photo, memory, and a little painterly abstraction, I bring you this painting.
It may be that “prairie” is not quite the technically correct term here, but I liked the quirky midwestern reference.
This painting is sold, but many others may be seen on my web site at www.barbarajcarter.com