Master of Earth and Sky – Behind the brush strokes of Nebraska landscape painter Hal Holoun

It was 4 o’clock on an unusually warm winter morning in 2008, and Hal Holoun couldn’t sleep. “I looked outside, and I thought, ‘Something’s going to happen today.’ I didn’t know what it was going to be, but I thought, ‘As long as I’m up, I might as well go outside and watch the sunrise,’” he recalls. Mother Nature didn’t disappoint. As the sun rose, a deep, long, red band of light began to form on the horizon. Hal knows a lot about creation. The Nebraska artist, who works from a studio in his Bellevue home, has been capturing the prairies, pastures and skies of the state for almost five decades.

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