From 2001 to 2008, painter Billyo O’Donnell traveled across the Show-Me State to capture scenes from each of Missouri's 114 counties and the city of St. Louis. Meanwhile, writer Karen Glines compiled essays about each county to accompany the artwork. Since being published in a coffee-table book titled "Painting Missouri" in 2008, the paintings have toured the state and are back on display this month in Columbia. We hear from the duo about what went into their effort, what they saw along the way, and how people have responded to the work.
Karen Glines, author and former arts and culture writer for AOL in St. Louis
Billyo O'Donnell, landscape painter