Description 20x16 Oil Painting on Canvas;Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest, protected mixed-grass prairie in the United States, located on the edge of the Great Plains in southwestern South Dakota. At Badlands National Park, weird shapes are etched into a plateau of soft sediments and volcanic ash, revealing colorful bands of flat-lying strata. The stratification adds immeasurably to the beauty of each scene, binding together all of its diverse partsDeposition is the process of rocks gradually building up. Over the course of millions of years, the layered rocks of the Badlands were slowly stacked on top of each other. Erosion is the process of rocks gradually wearing away. The Badlands began eroding about 500,000 years ago. Scientists estimate that in the next 500,000 years, the Badlands will have eroded completely.Part of the Badlands is dedicated to wildlife restoration areas, specifically to protect the habitat of the most endangered land mammal in the United States, the black-footed ferret. But visitors can expect to catch a glimpse of other less elusive wildlife, including American bison, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and prairie dogs.
Lisa Lu, State of Washington Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement Lisa first started painting with color pencils at the age of 10, and she has always loved to paint ever since; it allows her to express feelings with a peaceful mind. Self-taught and self-developed in watercolor and ink painting, each of Lisa's painting is a journey to adventure. Lisa presently resides with her husband and their son in the State of Washington. She is a licensed architect, and currently works in an architecture firm, while continuing self study and painting on architecture and landscape subjects in watercolors.