In 1975 when I enrolled as a freshman at Luther College, the very first two women signed up to compete in cross country. At the time I had no idea that women’s sports at the college had only started 10 years before. Now Luther women enjoy success in a full range of programs from cross country and track to volleyball, tennis, soccer, basketball and more.
Annually my former coach Kent Finanger hosts a big fund raiser in Arizona to raise money for Luther Athletics. Each year I donate a painting for auction. This year I took a different approach and produced this composite painting of Luther women in sports. It also holds hints of the Decorah, Iowa landscape and Luther College. I love doing paintings like this where you play with reality a bit. Yes they are partly illustrative. But working with the shapes to compose a “landscape of the mind” is also fun. (and oops, I just remembered I left my brushes out downstairs…time to clean them up.)
So I’m excited to share this project with my readers at We Run and Ride. In the past I was the featured artist for the Lake Jackson, Texas race Brazosport Run for the Arts where one of my posters was entered in the Runner’s World contest and took a Cream of the Crop aware for Top 5 running posters in the nation.
Hope you enjoy my work. If you would like a painting of your running, cycling or triathlon endeavors, give me a call. I’ve done more than 1000 successful commissions over the years. They range from 5 x 7″ all the way up to 4′ X 4′! All are fun! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you’re in the Chicago region and want a mural, I do those too!