Living in Kansas / by Karen Matheis

Living in the small town of Lawrence, Kansas gives opportunity for introspection because the pace is slow and quiet.  I am able to explore painting in my own way as I retreat into my farmhouse studio. 

My environmental aesthetic has developed by talking to the people who live in my town, Vivid narration of what it is like to be in Kansas is provided by people who grew up on small farms.  I hear descriptions of the hard work it takes to run a family farm.  Farmers are constantly thinking about and observing the soil and weather. 

The flat nature of the land allows the viewer to see far in the distance. The people around me have shown me the importance and beauty in the constantly changing colors of the terrain and of the sky of Kansas.