Focusing on a theme helps establish connections and purpose in an artist’s work, especially when the range of subjects documents a disappearing aspect of our culture. That’s why Wisconsin artist Bob Beck has been doing a series of plein air paintings of rural Midwestern farms.

“I have seen many farms deteriorate over the years, and that has motivated me to meet the owners and paint a record of their buildings, fields, and equipment,” says Bob Beck. “They have been kind and generous in giving me permission to paint on their property from any vantage point that interests me. That has given me a range of subjects to paint, including old tractors and trucks, the barns and houses, and the farmers themselves. Adding a representation of the owner usually brings out the true character of the place in my paintings.” For more information, visit

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