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Chicago landscape painter sees the art in wind turbines

Chicago landscape painter sees the art in wind turbines

When Brian Ritchard drove through the Midwest on road trips in recent years, he found himself struck by a relatively new sight: Wind turbines. There were so many of the tall towers with their spinning rotors on the farm fields he passed, dotting the land like slender, machine-made trees, that they seemed a part of the landscape. Ritchard is a Chicago-based landscape painter. He found the sight intriguing — and reminiscent of 17th-century Dutch landscapes that incorporated windmills. And he had found the subject of his next body of work. He made a sketching trip to downstate Bureau County. He followed up with trips to hillier country in Texas and Minnesota. The result can be...

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