Last Bite Winter 2014 Issue

Last Bite: An Unusual Barn

By Andy Radtke | Illustration By Andy Radtke 0

On a ridge that crosses the northern border of Sauk County sits this unusual barn of perpendicular design. A palette knife acrylic painting by Wisconsin artist Andy Radtke harmonizes its perch with a rolling, driftless distance in Morse-like dots and dashes of color. This survivor barn, constructed near the turn of the twentieth century, is a local landmark as much for its proximity to a hairpin curve in the road, as for the determined elm that has grown up out of the clay brick silo tucked into the crook of the barn's elbow.

Andy Radtke lives and works in Wisconsin’s ancient Driftless region, northwest of Madison. After ten years as resident of that city, where he attended the University of Wisconsin, waited tables at a west-side eatery and learned to make art, he moved back to his family’s retired farm in the rolling hills. Andy writes for family farmers in between bouts of picture making.

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