My Grandmother passed away while I was working on this series. She was born in Iowa and had lived there her entire life. I too was born in Iowa and had spent much of my childhood at her house. I had always considered myself an Iowan. Yet, as I traveled back for her funeral I began to realize I had now spent more years living in Georgia and the Southeast than I had in Iowa. I had to reconcile this within my mind.
A large wooden plank reminiscent of old barns found both in Iowa and the Southeast forms the base of the painting. It represents the rural foundation from which I began. The large verdant green central panel is lush with life. Central left depicts a large field of magnolias in which ears of corn are recessed within a shade of green reminiscent of 1950’s American interior design. Central right shows a series of sun rises and an aluminum sheet reflects light and supports the old barn base.