This piece, depicting a father and his two young daughters enjoying a North Dakota winter evening will always have a tender place in my heart. It was commissioned by my friend and high school English teacher, Rick Hilber, for the cover of his book, “Down the Highway, a Peace”.
Not only was I incredibly flattered to be asked to paint the cover image, but the process turned out to be quite the trip down sentimental lane! I grew up in North Dakota and have wonderful memories of sliding around on frozen ditches and sloughs with my little sister. (And, just like in this painting, we often had matching snow boots!) The breath-taking beauty of those incredible North Dakota sunsets is something you don’t forget…no matter how many years you have been away. Rick’s poetic words inspired this image, but it grew into being based on mental snapshots from my childhood.