|Description: The idyllic rural scene portrayed in this stone lithograph on paper is based on a painting Medearis did earlier in his career. According to Medearis, "'Spring-fed Pond' began as a likeness of a real place [a farm in his home state of Missouri]... I spent over 100 hours working on this image... and during that time memories of the grassy meadows and clear pools I loved as a child were mingled with reality, and the drawing became a mixture of facts and dreams."
The lithograph was hand-printed on White Rives BFK by Toby Michel in Los Angeles, CA. The image measures 11 15/16" x 17 15/16", and the paper measures approximately 15" x 22 1/2" overall (the vertical edges are deckled). The piece is signed, dated, titled, and numbered in pencil just below the image; from left to right, it reads "8/150, Spring-fed Pond, Roger Medearis, 1994" Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from The Print Club of Albany; it was their Annual Print for 1993-1994. Item #PR00311.
Roger Medearis (1920-2001) studied at the Kansas City Art Institute with Thomas Hart Benton. He initially hoped to become an illustrator, but he began painting at the Institute, and broadened the future of his art. As part of the American Regionalist Movement, his style remained reminiscent of his mentors Benton and Grant Wood. He moved, over time, from primarily figural paintings to landscape and lithography.