this piece is another in my series of high desert works. done in high impasto, it is of a view of the river leading into zion national park. it is a quiet autumn painting. fall in the high desert is marked more by soft yellows and intense blues, foreshadowing the piercing chill of the coming winter.
this is another of a series of small ( 22′ x12′ ) paintings i did a while back. in high impasto, they are based on visions of the high desert. when i was working on my mfa in utah, i always loved the play of sage green sage against the sky blue sky and rock. in fact, before moving to utah, i lived in western new york and northern ohio; both very green worlds, and i really didn’t like the color green. absence, indeed makes the heart grow fonder.
this image is based on recollections of red rock canyon outside of bryce in utah. the red-orange of the rocks against the blue of the sky and the green of the firs made for a most vibrant landscape. this piece is in very high impasto