We travelled recently to Denver. What I'm always perplexed by is the notion of traveling to a specific destination with expectations of what we might do there. We did in fact have a wonderful visit with family and stayed in a friend's very beautiful house. But three very unexpected things stand out for me. Murals painted on the grain silos we found in Salina, Kansas, Google Map's strange route taking us out of Denver when we left that had us on a gravel road through prairie land with hawks perched on every telephone pole, and this magnificent sunset which we found in Troy. Illinois (above). It's the unexpected nature of these things. They are like miracles where you'd least expect them. It's this that I want to get into my art. The thing that surprises and makes you, for a moment, forget all else.
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Ellen Winkler is a printmaker, painter and book artist.