Sand Prairie

Illinois Beach State Park, Lake County, Illinois
July 26, 2015
Oil on canvas
10 x 16 in. (25.4 x 40.6 cm)

Private collection

The oak savannas and sand prairies of Illinois Beach State Park had fascinated me ever since I included them in my landscape architecture thesis in the 1990’s. In 2015, as I revisited the site, the first to be dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve way back in 1964, a soft cloud cover over the uninterrupted horizon line of Lake Michigan spoke to me. Framed by the sand prairie, I imagined this view to be relatively unchanged for hundreds of years.

“Low sand dunes near the beach contain sandbinding grasses, bearberry and trailing juniper.”
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Painted on location.

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