“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” Willa Cather A storm on the American Plains is an awesome phenomenon, one that will humble you. Great towers of cloud, noise and light build on the horizon then steam ahead like a train. When I returned to Kansas after a long absence, a purple-hued storm came to my doorstep, swirling around the porch and barn. The rarity of color mesmerized, and drew me like a phantom.There in the midst of the violet clouds, one could viscerally feel the thunder-beings at work. This homage to prairie thunder is acrylic with hand-laid stone texture indented with seeds and layered with iron oxidized to rust.