This image, Indian Skies, draws its inspiration from a backdrop of colors, like the Indian Paintbrush. A vibrant flower that fills our prairie like a wildfire. The fiery colors, burning a path across the horizon, are in stark contrast to the barren dirt below. The ﬂat, neutral landscape, enriches the experience of our Western Sunsets. Positioned in front of the Indian Skies, is another work of art, the Pump Jack, standing tall like an Indian Chief wearing his full headdress. It is the symbol of power and respect from the tribe. Just as the headdress represents the culture of the tribe, the Pump Jack stands strong as a symbol of the culture of the petroleum industry, strong, rugged, and proud.
The inspiration for photographing this scene was brought on by what’s so close to my heart here in West Texas. Important things like family, wide open spaces, and oil. Growing up in the oil patch gave me the ability to see the beauty of my surroundings. I enjoy seeing the reaction of surprise people have at the beauty of the Oil Field. At ﬁrst, the brilliant colors pull them in and then realize its the Oil Field. It all looks so organic. As well as so natural, the sky, the dirt, rusty, brown, metal, but then just like hitting a gusher, the colors explode into a brilliant energy. The rich colors of the Indian Skies will draw you in. Then you realize it’s a backdrop for the machinery that connects the energy below the ground to the thriving industry that fuels our world.