Piece description from the artist
This is one of a series of paintings of the Badlands of South Dakota. The wind is constantly blowing, and the temperature swings can sometimes be 50 degrees in manner of hours. I noticed how many of the trees that has finally succumb to the elements, would dot the landscape like fallen soldiers on a battlefield.
Ben Ferry is a former high school and college all-American soccer player who grew up in Washington, D.C.. After being drafted by "D.C. United":http://www.dcunited.com/, he played professionally for three years before a major spinal injury forced him to retire.
In his work, Ben focuses on the human figure, landscapes, cityscapes, and animals in a variety of media and styles. His paintings are vibrant, playful and unconventional, often featuring bright, saturated color and imaginative subject matter. Ben received both his B.A. and M.F.A. in painting and drawing from George Washington University and still lives in D.C., where he teaches painting and drawing at Georgetown University and George Mason University.