Phil Epp, b. 1946. York, Nebraska (United States).
Phil Epp was born in York, Nebraska in 1946 and raised in rural Nebraska on a crop/cattle farm. he wide open spaces and the horses, cowboys, Native Americans and prairie creatures that inhabit this empty landscape have been a lifelong passion. Epp’s studio is based in Kansas and he continues to travel, photograph and paint the wide open western vistas.
I am strongly imprinted into the open spaces of the Great Plains where I was born and have spent most of my life. My paintings reflect this celebration of open sky and landscape, with a hint of human occupation. My intention is to engage the viewer in this isolation, but not dictate response. I strive to incorporate timeless universal icons into the landscape. A recent trip to the Kazakh Steppe in Central Asia reinforced my efforts at a universal dialog of the sparsely inhabited visual environments. Recent attempts place emphasis on content and subject over technique and medium, in an effort to better communicate with the viewer.