*Compass Rose: Old Illinois*
*Compass Rose: Old Illinois*
Gesso and pencil on a roadmap of Illinois
39 1/4 x 23 1/2 inches framed

My Southern Illinois town is located in the rolling hills of the Shawnee National Forest –– 6 ½ hours from Chicago. We are as different as can be from that urban area and from Illinois’ central plains. Our area has a wild, somewhat bloody history and has often threatened to secede from the rest of the state. Back in the 1800s, Cairo was a much bigger town than Chicago.

Collection of Joni Beth Bailey, Murphysboro, IL