March 15-April 30, 2014
Barns, Bison & Bonnets combines three of artist Michael Wilson’s favorite subjects. The up-close and intimate barn pieces are part of Wilson’s ongoing series titled “The Barn, as a Chapel.” The bison and bonnets are part of Wilson’s other interests including prairie wildlife and prairie people. Wilson painted the bison exclusively referencing the bison at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge just East of Des Moines.
“I believe we imprint with the landscape of our childhood. Even when removed, we judge all other horizons through our mental and emotional filter of ‘home’. Agrarian landscapes, prairie wildlife and prairie people speak to me (or maybe I listen to them closest) and I feel a responsibility to translate.” – Artist Michael Wilson
Wilson is a member of the American Plains Artists (APA) and associate member of the Oil Painters of America (OPA).