Thursday, March 02, 2006

Below the Divide

Life has been over-the-top hectic for a while now. I thought I'd get a break at the end of February, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. The good news is that I'm finally learning to enjoy painting as a sort of vacation from real life.

I used to let stress at work sap my energy, which left me with nothing left for painting. If work was busy, I wouldn't paint for weeks. I realized that I needed to learn to be more productive if I'm ever going to make this a full time pursuit, so I've been working on pushing through and painting in the face of stress. After all, painting is the only thing I do where my mind is so consumed by the process that I think of little else for hours.

That said, I managed to finish this painting last weekend. We took a backpacking trip up to Crater Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness near Granby last summer, and it was easily one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. This painting doesn't really show off the awe-inspiring beauty of the place, but it reminds me of the trip anyways. This was the view looking across the lake - our campsite was actually in the pine trees on the hill on th left hand side. I'm not 100% thrilled with this painting, but sometimes you've just got to call it done when you know you aren't getting anywhere.

Title: "Below the Divide"
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 18x24"


  1. The painting is wonderful. You capture the rocky surface of the mountains so well.

    I used to live in Missoula and think it might be a nice market for your work.

    You mentioned you were going to be in the OPA show there--might be a great opportunity to check out some galleries.

    It's been nearly six years since I've lived there and things change quickly but one gallery that comes to mind is Sutton West.

    Unfortunately, I think it may have changed names but it's on Broadway.

  2. Well, I think it's purdy, but I always think your paintings are fabulous. I suspect I'm slightly biased.