Ken Bloomhorst and the Midwestern Landscape

Today’s entry is about landscape-this time the Midwestern landscape.  I was born in the Midwest but moved away when I was three.  My cousin, Ken Bloomhorst, however, has lived in the Midwest most of his life, first in Ohio and then in Indiana.  He has been an artist ever since he popped out of my Aunt Maurece and maybe even before.

When Ken started art school, I hear that his  parents wrung their hands and worried about how he was ever  going to make a living.  Parents do this sort of thing.  But Ken had served a hitch in the Army so he was up to whatever arguments they could throw at him.   He got his revenge by pursuing art and making a good living as a partner in an advertising agency in Indianapolis.  You should have heard his parents brag then!  (That’s another story.) 

You can find Ken’s work in the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress.  He also designed the logo for the  EPA.   But to my mind,  Ken’s art will always epitomize what is best about the Midwest.

To learn more about Ken’s work, go to his web sites.