I have made a number of paintings from colored-pencil drawings that I make while hiking in the mountains or the desert. These paintings are created in oil paint on stretched linen. This one is called "Sniktau." This mountain rises to the southeast of the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70 west of Denver. I was drawing it from a spout high up in Watrous Gulch, north of the interstate. In the foreground is the end of an old avalanche, which has pushed some small pines over at an angle. The drawing series uses a number of visual conventions designed to simplify the complexity of what I saw and to intensify the image by means of color and form. I used both tactics to convey the excitement of being in these wilderness landscapes and also to get a lot of work done before strong weather or normal discomforts drive us onward. 32"x22"
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