Spring Tillage

Spring Tillage

Malaika discing a field with our International tractor. That field, planted over two years ago, is now one of our most valuable and nutritious pastures (the cows favorite), full of clovers, alfalfa, chicory, small burnet, plantain, rye and orchard grass.

FOR SALE $500

Whitney Farmyard

Whitney Farmyard

My twin brother as a small boy walking up the laneway towards the farmyard. I've known this array of buildings all my life and I never tire of how they stand together. Through them you pass from the farmhouse to the farm. 

(Sold, prints & cards available)

Matthew, Sugar House Silhouette

Matthew, Sugar House Silhouette

Matthew sitting on the bucket loader with his hand on the roof truss of the Sugar House frame, on raising day. The sun is setting and it has been a long day.

FOR SALE $350

 Asher (our dog) and I bringing the dairy cows back to pasture after milking. This was our second fall on the farm, and our first fall with our cows.  FOR SALE $250

Asher (our dog) and I bringing the dairy cows back to pasture after milking. This was our second fall on the farm, and our first fall with our cows.

FOR SALE $250

Webster Barn

Webster Barn

A beautiful and unique barn I came across while bicycling around the dirt roads of Webster Township.

FOR SALE $250

Field

Field

Lessons in painting a field:
It's not about catching every squiggle
or even capturing every shadow
It's about finding what speaks to you
and making it your own
Taking what you need and leaving the rest
Understanding that colors have a way of running together

FOR SALE $250

Scadin Barn Raising June 2nd 1898

Scadin Barn Raising June 2nd 1898

Pencil drawing of the Scadin Barn raising in Webster Township.

FOR SALE $400

Violet and Doris with Turkeys

Violet and Doris with Turkeys

Violet Oplinger was my great grandmother, and her daughter Doris, is my grandma Tiani, who taught me how to paint with watercolors. Doris loves to tell stories about growing up on a farm in Mount Pleasant.

FOR SALE $250

Marshall Alexander with Wheat Shocks

Marshall Alexander with Wheat Shocks

A relative of one of the earliest settlers of Webster Township. I was drawn to the weariness of his expression-for which the bare wheat field behind him offers an explanation. He has gathered the wheat harvest from the field. Threshing is still to come, though in this moment perhaps he is reflecting on all that came before the harvest.

(Original sold, prints & cards available)

Grandpa Whitney on the Farmall with Francis

Grandpa Whitney on the Farmall with Francis

When my grandpa first saw this painting he said, “Malaika you could have at least made the muffler straight!” and I said “Grandpa, I just paint it like I see it.

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Sow with Litter

Sow with Litter

Painted from a small black and white photograph found in an old Whitney Farm album. Pigs found on my family's farm around 1930.

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Oakridge Dairy

Oakridge Dairy

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Kleinshmidt Cattle

Kleinshmidt Cattle

Beef herd of the Kleinshmidt family, whose farm was just down the road from the Whitney Farm. The Whitney's often collaborated with the Kleinshmidt's to share and trade work or equipment. Paul Kleinshmidt was around the same age as my grandfather and they attended the same one room school house as children.

(Original sold, prints & cards available)

Father and Son

Father and Son

Gilbert Whitney (left) walking from the barn with his father Horace. Though I never met my great grandfather Horace, his farm diaries have offered me invaluable insight about this land. From these detailed and steady records of the farm and stories I've been told, Horace has become an important mentor, whose wisdom I look to often. His son, my grandfather, I have the pleasure of talking with each and every day. His support and knowledge is a blessing beyond words.

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Lil' Pickup Pup

Lil' Pickup Pup

My great grandfather Horace Whitney with a black lab puppy (there were many black labs on the farm over the years). Once somebody bought this card because they had a black lab puppy named Dodge!

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Morning Milking

Morning Milking

Paul Kleinshmidt milking a Whitney cow with a Surge bucket milker. On his farm (neighboring ours) Paul milked Brown Swiss, however in this painting I purposely melded the two farms from two photographs I had found. The one of Paul milking I came across while visiting Paul and looking through his scrapbooks. Just a few weeks after this visit Paul passed away and I sure felt lucky to have had that visit. The one of the Holstein cow looking back I found in an old Whitney album. Upon showing the painting to my aunt, she immediately said, “Hey that's Donna!”

(Original sold, prints & cards available)

Calf Training

Calf Training

My grandfather as a boy, training a Jersey calf for the 4-H fair. The maple trees in this painting (as well as the red barn) still stand today, and are tapped each spring for maple sap.

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Webster Threshing

Webster Threshing

Oftentimes many neighboring farms would come together to thresh their grain, sharing a threshing machine and each others company (and a hearty meal). In the late afternoon the fathers would return to their farms to begin milking chores, while the young boys would stay behind to finish up the threshing and then drive the teams of horses home. How neat to imagine young boys traveling home to all corners of the township, after a longs days work, with wagons full of grain.

(Original sold, prints & cards available)

Orchard

Orchard

One of the few paintings whose story I do not know with great depth. The photograph was found in a Webster Township collection.

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Grandma Whitney in Africa

Grandma Whitney in Africa

My paternal grandmother Kathryn Whitney as a young woman on her honeymoon in Africa. My grandpa Gilbert met Kathy as they were training to be missionaries in Mozambique. They married in Africa, and after working there for 3 years, they returned home to the Whitney Farm.

(Not for sale, prints & cards available)

American Milking Devon

American Milking Devon

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Grandpa Whitney Boiling Maple Sap

Grandpa Whitney Boiling Maple Sap

With our old sap pans, in the old boiling spot in front of the red barn.

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Randall Cattle

Randall Cattle

After raising a team of Randall Lineback oxen in Vermont, I became fascinated with this breed-their beauty, temperaments, and diversity of purposes. The Randall cow and calves in this painting are from Terravita farms in central Ohio.

(Original sold, prints & cards available)

Sap Season

Sap Season

A Vermont sugar bush.

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