Artist Statement

I live on 20 acres in northeast WI where my home, studio, and other outbuildings recall a late 19th to early 20th century farmstead. This setting influences my artistic choices and stylistic preferences.

My work exhibited here explores the visual narrative of what I consider a humble, hardworking, and well-designed American agrarian scene.

Although my paintings could be considered landscapes or still lifes, they are most certainly portraits of American agriculture.

Symbols and emblems of agricultural architecture — implements, land appropriation, crops, and animals — appear in each painting. Cattle, principally cows, dominate since their visual status in the agrarian landscape is so prominent.

In sharing this work I aim to stir the viewer’s nostalgic connections with this essential element of Americana.

Craig Blietz – November 11, 2019