When a couple bought 100 acres north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1980, one thing was for sure: It wasn’t a home site for just anyone. Surrounded by idyllic small farms and orchards, this particular parcel had been owned by a business that abandoned it years...

Though just inland from the 118-year-old arts community of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, a gently rolling eight-acre property resembled the fairytale settings one would more likely encounter in the foothills of Tuscany. With mighty oak trees rising against a backdrop of verdant slopes, the environment felt blissfully...

When Utah artist G. Russell Case paints the Southwest desert, he explains that his purpose as an artist is not to seek glory or renown for himself but merely to celebrate the beauty of nature and his reverence for creation. A pair of recent paintings provide...

STANDING ON A DOCK ALONG THE WARWICK RIVER IN VIRGINIA ONE MOONLIT SUMMER NIGHT, Jennifer Moses pulled out her portable set of gouache paints. She made color notes and sketches of the scene before her: a full moon amid wispy clouds, the river’s purple-blue water,...

IF CURVY AND COLORFUL POST-MODERN DETAILS, GLASS BLOCKS, and a prodigious amount of pink — on moldings, cabinets, floors, and logs — ever came back in style, this 1990s home in the notable Owl Creek neighborhood near Colorado’s Snowmass Village would be the Rocky Mountain’s...

AT THE BASE OF THE MCDOWELL MOUNTAINS IN ARIZONA, the views of the Sonoran Desert feel endless, and the cities of Scottsdale and Phoenix appear below as a carpet of sparkling light at nighttime. Here, at the DC Ranch, its founders declare that the created...

IT’S ALL ABOUT AUTHENTICITY,” SAYS ARTIST DAVID DORNAN. “Passion and process are everything for me, because if the passion and joy of the process aren’t there, you might as well be putting hubcaps on at the Ford factory.” A peripatetic creator, Dornan finds subjects for his...

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