How do these paintings come about, you ask. It's different with every piece. This one began with the idea of painting Mount Hood, daisies and some crazy grass colors. I painted this from my head with no photographic reference.
I was excited when visiting a friend at Gorge Crest in Underwood, Washington, I spotted these beautiful daisies. I got down on the ground to shot this photo so the flowers would break the plane of the mountain and sky, just like the work done from my imagination.
Now I had the photographic reference for the painting I'd conceptualized a year earlier. I did some flower editing and sharpened the mountain image.
Here is how my first painting turned out. I used the photographic reference a lot and kept the colors fairly close to the image.
I was pretty happy with the first painting so I created another in a 30 x 40 format. I shifted the color and lighting to create more drama. I submitted this painting to be accepted in the Gorge Artist Open Studio Tour 2015
I was thrilled when this painting was selected to promote the 2015 tour. The Columbia River Gorge is a wonderful community of phenomenal, supportive artists and I am honored to count myself among them.