Big views of the Mississippi River Valley and late season prairie flowers were exactly what I was hoping to find after a steep climb to the “goat” prairies—technically sand hill prairies—of Hanover Bluff. To feature them, I eventually selected a view to the north in which the tilted foreground of goldenrods, asters, and little bluestem leads to the next hillside prairie. Hands-on management such as tree removal is required to maintain the nature of this Preserve.
Painted on location.
The Long View, Prairie Paintings from Illinois Nature Preserves
June 24, 2022 - February 5, 2023
Illinois State Museum at Dickson Mounds
10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd. Lewistown, Illinois
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.