North Dakota Travels is a vibrant collection of watercolors and writings by Bro Halff, capturing the beauty of North Dakota’s land and buildings, and the life-affirming attitude of its people. This book and its companion volume, North Dakota Days, present diverse landscapes and townscapes in one of America’s most beautiful states. The author describes, in prose, poetry, and luminous paintings, his travels throughout the state, to small towns, cities, and across the vast and awe-inspiring land. The author captures the patterns of daily life and in the land itself that inspire and sustain North Dakota residents and visitors. He portrays the good-natured humor and neighborliness that distinguish the state. The book also describes the very distinct seasons in North Dakota. This volume is a captivating journey to singular corners of the state, and a spiritual odyssey that offers perceptions and insights that delight and refresh the reader.
Bro Halff is a North Dakota and Hawaii artist who is known for his watercolors and poetry. Born in 1946, he was raised in Texas. He has lived in many parts of the United States and in Europe. Since 1972, he has pursued a career of writing, in several genres, including lyrical and visual poetry, and of painting and sculpting. The central theme of his lyrical poetry is the celebration of human diversity and of nature. His watercolors depict, with radiant colors and bold composition, rural, urban, and small-town America. His artworks have been routinely exhibited in galleries throughout the United States. He recently completed two books of poetry, prose sketches, and watercolors of North Dakota. Another work of poetry and pen-and-ink drawings, Seasonal Delights, was published by the Mellen Poetry Press in 1999. Mr. Halff currently resides in Bismarck, North Dakota and on Kauai, in Hawaii.