Knee High by the 4th of July
Growing up, our farmhouse was at the end of a very long lane, a quarter of a mile to be exact. During the summer, it was enclosed by fields of corn, soybeans, and wheat, almost like a fortress.
Passing by the inspiration for this painting, I was struck by how closely this land resembles the old farmhouse and surrounding fields where I grew up so many years ago. I loved how the trees created a sparkle where the sunlight filters through the leaves. I also have fond memories of the saying that I heard every summer about the growing corn. It needed to be knee high by the 4th of July in order to be a good crop that year.