Abner Hershberger

Selected Paintings


Images of North Dakota and the Midwest flatland--vast expanses of expressive grids of grain punctuated with cultivation--are always with me.  These are the fields I plowed in my youth and well into adulthood.  The stark markings of furrowed land, patterns of irrigation, and stubble fields have a poetic quality, and in them I find a rich and meaningful source for visual expression.  Abstracted, their imprint seems even bolder, representing colorful independent sections that coexist peacefully despite their diversity. I left the North Dakota farm and its long, difficult workdays and inclement weather to explore the greener pastures of artistic pursuits, only to be pulled back to the fields.

Artist Statement