Looking for Kansas / by Karen Matheis

I just started a new series of landscape paintings based on the course of the Lawrence Southwest Trafficway, a new highway built to connect two larger highways.  A unique feature of the trafficway is a long curve that connects to a stretch of straight highway going east.  Farmland is still present around this section of the highway.  Interestingly, my favorite location to paint was destroyed when the trafficway was built.  However, the new highway offers a separate investigation. 

In my paintings, I want to explore the grid of the natural terrain with an overlay of manufactured curves. 



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