The Knowable Mystery

What is Landscape the Knowable Mystery?

Landscape the Knowable Mystery was a year-long painting project undertaken in 2014 by artist Joel Sheesley. It culminated in 2015 with an extensive community exhibition organized as a collaborative cultural art partnership and presentation by Sheesley, between Wheaton College and the Wheaton Park District. The exhibition emphasized the immeasurable beauty of Lincoln Marsh, and included scientific, as well as artistic responses to the Marsh. Drawing attention to Lincoln Marsh, Landscape the Knowable Mystery heralds Wheaton’s remarkable 150 acre natural area.

Visit Joel Sheesley’s website to view all fifty paintings included in the exhibition.

Sheesley’s current project, Art of the Fox, is a collaborative effort with The Conservation Foundation’s Fox River Initiative to bring more awareness and appreciation of the Fox River to surrounding communities. For more information about Art of the Fox, please visit

How can I purchase a painting?

To purchase a landscape painting, please contact Joel Sheesley through his website.

Landscape the Knowable Mystery Exhibition Preview Slideshow

View photos from the Landscape the Knowable Mystery Preview Night event at the Billy Graham Center Museum on April 22, 2015.

“Plein Air Painting on a Cold Day”