Seasonal view 3 of 6 at Doug’s Knob, a high-quality hilltop prairie remnant and small oak grove at the heart of the Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois (see all six below):
In July, a bit lower on the slope, an abundance of grey-headed coneflower and wild bergamot, which are often very showy in prairie restorations, highlight the transition from the remnant prairie above to the formerly plowed base of the knob. The profusion of blooms in the foreground necessitated completing this, my first view of Doug’s Knob, at a later date.
Begun on location, finished in the studio fall 2018. Doug’s Knob, July appears in: A Healthy Nature Handbook, Illustrated Sequences for Ecological Restoration in the Chicago Wilderness Region, by the Bobolink Foundation, 2020 (Island Press).
May 1 - September 12, 2021
Chicago Botanic Garden
The Long View: Prairie Paintings from Illinois Nature Preserves
June 9 - October 21, 2023
Illinois State Museum - Lockport Gallery
201 West 10th Street, Lockport, Illinois
Picturing the Prairie: A Vision of Restoration
Published in conjunction with Philip’s 2021 exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Contributors include: Philip Juras, artist and author; Hank Paulson, foreword; and Stephen Packard, essay. Published by Little Bluestem Press, Athens, GA, 2021.