Presettlement View

Hanover Bluff State Natural Area, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
September 30, 2016
Oil on paper
10 x 10in. (25.4 x 25.4cm)

Artist's collection

Painted on location on an overcast day, this imaged presettlement view from one of Hanover Bluff’s goat prairies envisions the openness of the bluffs and the extensive sand prairie below that once occupied this section of the Mississippi River. The sand prairie still exists today, spared from the plow by the construction of an Army munitions depot in the early 1900’s, but in this view, I have removed the bunkers, buildings, roads, rail lines, and encroaching woody vegetation.