Oh Shenandoah, the song with the phrase “Across the Wide Missouri” has always resonated with me and I love it every time I hear it. It evokes in me thoughts of those brave and strong people who came out west. I admire their grit and courage so much and I would like everyone to know the kind of people they were. They had qualities of faith in God and endurance that we should emulate in our day.
I’ve been working on this 24 x 48 painting “Across the Wide Missouri” for quite some time. I was excited to get it started and got it to a point, then set it on the shelf to percolate. I am not sure how many times I would repeat that, each time moving it toward completion. Sometimes it just takes a while to make sure it is right.