Prairie Burn


Landscape Photographs

Prairie Burn


Archived Work


Groveland Gallery



The prairie burn drawings and sketchbooks were made in the spring of 2005 after controlled burns on the restored prairies near Northfield. I dragged my paper and sketchbooks across the ground, sometimes slowly, and sometimes quickly. I walked through the burn looking for a variety of charcoal. Raspberry branches that partially escaped the burn made sharper lines, while grasses turned to dust. I applied a lot of pressure to some of the paper, and sometimes very little as I moved it on the found charcoal. I like the directness of this method and the immediacy of the result. I appreciate the intensity of the necessarily fleeting experience of drawing in this way, as the charcoal soon disintegrates and the prairies grow lush and green.