Oasis” 30” x 36” Oil on Linen
Fergeson and NBC Oklahoma, with branches in Altus, Enid,
Kingfisher, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, continue a history
of support of the arts with the 13th
commissioned painting in NBC’s Oklahoma Artist Series.
I am so proud to have been
selected for this commission and great honor.
“I personally feel like the
American west was explored by the frontiersmen and the
cowboys but it was not really settled until the women
and children came along. It was for the families that
homes were established and farms and ranches were carved
out of the wild prairies. These pioneers came with a
love for the land, a great sense of adventure and a
willingness to adapt to the conditions of Oklahoma.
This is what I call the “softer side of the west.” In
“Prairie Oasis” I am telling the story of my own
ancestors who settled in Oklahoma but it is a common
story in the history of our great country.”
“A spring or clean river was a
precious commodity to the settlers. It was the life
blood without which establishing a farm or ranch would
not be possible. In “Prairie Oasis” a pioneer family
has come across still, sweet water to replenish their
supply and quench the thirst of their livestock as well
as providing a little recreation for the children.
Perhaps they stay near this water source and settle;
perhaps they continue on their way. Whatever the future
holds, this is a moment to enjoy.