To my mind and heart there is in this gently rolling former prairie a melodious, abstract and subtle beauty that is timeless despite man's intervention and it evokes a subdued and understated energy. While the paintings depict specific places, the sites are mostly chosen for how they reveal these central qualities. Initially, the images were discovered and drawn mostly from the Iowa spring when the rolling hills, wet grasses, freshly plowed fields and morning light create abstract visions and thoughts of new beginnings--a time of great personal resonance. More recently, I have been excited by the Iowa autumn with its sometimes intense, startling colors as well as the subdued, nearly monochromatic textures of fields and roadsides revealed by warm afternoon light.
Fred Easker’s landscapes portray idyllic vistas of his native Iowa, at once depicting both the quiet power and vulnerability of the land. Easker’s paintings clearly show his strong, passionate connection to the Iowa countryside. While he is influenced by traditional American landscapists, Easker also conveys a meditative “energy-from-within” typical of the Abstract Expressionists. Since receiving his BA and MFA from University of Iowa, he has gone to be a professor of Art at Coe College.
Iowa State University Museums, Ames, Iowa; Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Charles H. MacNider Museum, Mason City, Iowa; 3M Corporation, Minneapolis; Federal Courthouse in Cedar Rapids, First national Bank, Waterloo, Iowa; Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa