The Life of a River: An Interview with Joel Sheesley


Can you tell us about your project about the Fox River?

For the last two and a half years, I’ve been working with the Conservation Foundation on a project called “Art of the Fox.” I’m painting Illinois landscapes of the Fox River watershed, from West Dundee in the north, down to Ottawa where the Fox joins the Illinois River. It’s a stretch of river approximately sixty-five miles long that meanders through urban, suburban, and rural Illinois. I’m painting on site in all seasons, so I’ve learned to paint from my canoe, standing on sandbars in the river, out on the ice in…


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