Artist David Mills, founder of the Prairie Project draws his inspiration for the series from his travels across Texas and the Southwest. Each painting is usually completed in one sitting en plein air on location or at farmers markets and art fairs from photographs. He paints using oil impasto with (mostly) palette knives. This technique gives the work richness and body and forces austerity on the subject. The Prairie Project is tough and rugged, simple and hearty. Just like farmers. Just like America.
In 2018 the Prairie Project welcomed Lawrence Jolly and Hyatt to the collection. Visit www.prairieproject.org for more info on the new artists and to view their work.
The Prairie Project is the creation of Texas artist David Mills. He started the project in 2013 as an exercise in oil painting. The plein air style paintings focuses on ambiguously vacant farm houses, barns, churches and images associated with small farm communities found throughout Texas and the Southwest. The Project took on a greater purpose when David teamed up with Farm Aid to help bring awareness to the every-day efforts and struggles of small family farms. The Prairie Project makes an annual donation to a farm charity. While there is an eerie sense of loss present in these images, they are a reminder of our national heritage as settlers and pioneers.