I grew up on the brakes of the John Day River and the Deschutes River. Sherman County is a high, dry desert where wheat and cattle were prominent. This is tough country, with only ten inches average rainfall each year. We would take our horses down the banks of the John Day and Deschutes and pull cattle out of the draws. It would be a mile down and a mile back out through steep rugged country. While this was truly glorious, beautiful country, we never rafted or played on this land – we worked. However, the roughness and the desert beauty will remain forever imprinted on my mind. Today my husband and I farm in the Willamette Valley, seemingly a world away from such a landscape. This painting is really a combination of both places, the roughness of my past and the more refined patterns of farming today. Today is easier.
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