"Toward Laramie," Wyoming - watercolor on panel, 12 x 16
"Autumn in the Tallgrass," Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Iowa - watercoloron panel, 12 x 16
"Prairie Poem," Big Prairie, Montana - gouache on panel
Our Colorado vacation really got me pumped about grasslands. I find the rolling hills of sensuously waving grass to be extremely beautiful. Did you know that only about 1% of the original grasslands -- from the Tallgrass prairies of Illinois, Iowa and Kansas to the Shortgrass of the Great Plains states -- still remain as they were after the Ice Age? Efforts are being made to restore prairie grasses and the richly diverse ecosystem they offer, and I plan to visit as many restored grassland preserves as I can.
I've been drawing and painting since childhood. Now a professional, full-time artist, I've been keeping illustrated journals for 16 years. I work primarily in watercolor and mixed media, and have been happily teaching adults to draw and paint, too, for more than 25 years. I offer drawing and painting workshops for adults primarily in the Southeast. To find out about upcoming workshops and to see my other work, please check out my website: www.brandenburgerstudios.com