Russell Chatham, “Fall Arkansas River.” The Arkansas River divides my hometowns of Little Rock and North Little Rock (nee Argenta). I was born in Little Rock, but grew up in North Little Rock. My bucket list includes traveling to the source of my river in the Colorado Rockies. Royal Gorge, west of Cañon City. The snowfall in that range filters into the gorge and travels a thousand miles through Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas to pass beneath my door on its way to the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico. We are all connected on this continent, west to east, south to north, including Canada and Mexico. I love the way Chatham consolidates the visual chaos of nature into graphic shapes of form and color with hard edges. He isn’t merely transcribing his vision, he is interpreting, translating it into another language of his own. Poetry, not reporting.


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