I wanted to try working on something from my reality and chose a piece about where I grew up – the fabulous metropolis of Des Moines, Iowa. Like many cities, Des Moines has sprawled into suburbs and exurbs – eating up farmland fast. This piece is a bit of a commentary on that – but also on my childhood as well. The Tornado was the first roller coaster I rode – at Adventureland in Altoona, Iowa. This is a piece currently in progress.

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The Middle
Colored pencil, conte, graphite, paper, acrylic and oil on wood
2′ x 4′