20x20 inches, acrylic on canvas
Artist Statement: For as long as I can remember, mountains have had a special place in my life – beginning with the Wichita Mountains (not far from Wichita Falls, Texas, where I was born) and continuing with the Sangre de Cristo in New Mexico and Colorado (not far from Oldham County, Texas, where I grew up). Even closer to home, in my adolescence, were the breaks along the Canadian River in the Texas Panhandle, which dropped far enough from the surface of the high plains above the Caprock to make a mountain of the climb. All served as sanctuaries, and the breaks in particular made it possible for me to walk for half an hour and be entirely alone, an experience that has always been an important part of my encounter with the divine.
bio: Steven Schroeder is a poet and visual artist who lives and works in Chicago.