Tuesday, October 5, 2021

The Mountains Are Calling

The Mountains Are Calling 
acrylic on board, 48″x36″x2″, 2021
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This painting is inspired by the countless mountain vistas that have propelled me to keep getting outside to enjoy time in the mountains.  
 

Often times the scenery can be so awe inspiring and so incredible that only the most skilled photographer will come remotely close to capturing that moment. I know that I’ve not been able to get that great sunset shot of the mesmerizing layers of fading mountains, an awe striking experience that so many of us have had.


I think one of the reasons we love this type of imagery so much is for that fleeting moment. Magic happens right in front of us and often it feels like we are the only ones seeing it, like the moment is just ours. I know that those moments are some of the most memorable for me.


I took some of those feelings and memories and used them to incite this painting into being. I hope that my imagery will awaken those feelings for some and be a reminder that magic does happen everyday, here all around us.

  

For me, creating this painting was an extraordinary experience in itself. I stared at the blank gessoed board, knowing that this blank canvas can become anything. I wondered whats inside of me worth sharing? But more interestingly, how will it come out? Will it be like what I imagined? That journey of searching and channeling my vision with my paints, my brushes and my markers - that was a journey to a place that I've never been. Discovery through action, the search, the mistakes, the surprises - all that in layers is one of the reasons I go to the studio to create and to watch the making of something that's never been.

 
Over the years, I've gravitated to creating mountainous, mosaic imagery in glass while revisiting photos of places that I really loved exploring. I take loads of photos while traveling, camping and hiking. Working from those has been a great joy for me. But with this painting, I embarked on just memories, I left the photos behind. That exhilarating journey to embark on, maybe a new chapter perhaps?

I love both glass mosaics as well as painting. I've began my journey as an artist as a painter. Eventually I found my way through working with stained glass. For over a decade I relished scoring and breaking glass, arranging them into abstract patterns that would emerge as landscapes. Today, I am once again drawn to mark making with paint and line. I approached this painting very freely without expectations. I just wanted to have fun, to explore. I was surprised to see what developed in front of me. I just ran with a certain feeling of the mountains and enjoyed this wonderful, colorful voyage.


The Mountains Are Calling 
acrylic on board, 48″x36″x2″, 2021
Available for Sale:
 

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