Meet the artist – Name: Reverend Erin Lynn Gullickson; Current Hometown: Benedict

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By MICHAEL W. SASSER

Editor • msasser@minotdailynews.com

Name: Reverend Erin Lynn Gullickson

Current hometown: Benedict, ND

Where can we see your work?

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1 North Main, Garrison or https://www.facebook.com/prayingprairie/

Do you have work for sale?

Yes, in Garrison at 1 North Main or by special request.

In what media do you work?

Photography of the prairie and prayer writing

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How would you describe your style?

Raw, un-edited and touched by the Spirit. The wide-open prairie really soothes my soul and offers many places to “be still.” To follow that tranquility by planting myself in front of a computer for editing of any of the pictures would defeat the purpose of ‘why’ and what I captured.

Who would you say have been influences on your work?

My grandma, Eleanor Neuhalfen, opened my eyes to nature and would continuously be pointing out the beauty around us when I was younger. We’d walk in the country for hours and watch the wheat wave, the wild flowers bloom and appreciate the wildlife surrounding us. My husband, Greg, encouraged me by complimenting my unique perspective in photography. He was kind enough to let me borrow his camera and offered tips that helped capture exactly what my eye saw. My friend, Rev. Phil Leer, was also kind, encouraging (and pushy!) enough that I began weaving my daily prayer writing with a photo I’d taken. This led to starting a page on Facebook to share both with anyone interested.

Are there particular themes you like to explore in your work?

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God’s beauty in ordinary creation.

What do you most enjoy about the creative process?

This little hobby allows time in a very busy schedule to take necessary breaks with God. We have the gift of four seasons surrounding us here in ND, each day brings a new, inspiring surprise in nature. During the summertime, I can be barefoot sitting in tall grass; in the fall, the changing leaves become majestic artwork; the winter months bring frosty blue twilights just begging to be captured; and in the spring, I can jump in a kayak to watch everything coming back to life, or pull the car over and snap a shot of something catching my attention. Setting two feet on the ground outside, inhaling the crisp, fresh air and engaging each sense brings a peaceful serenity like none other. And my camera tags along wherever I wander.

Tell us a little about yourself.

A farm kid from Mountrail county, I was drawn away to various states while working in medicine for 20 years before moving home. Once the 2011 flood chased us out of Minot, then a call to ministry followed. Currently, I serve as pastor for two of the greatest smaller Lutheran congregations in McLean County. Our farm has been in my husband’s family since the early 1900s, and we share it with my in-laws, our yellow lab, a bunch of curious cats and a handful of chickens.

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