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 piece was painted just outside the village where my family and i lived in southern france. the garden fields where i stood to paint this scene were between compregnac and the river tarn. it is an amazing place out of time. dolmen stand on the hills above the town, which was probably built on the remains of a roman villa that stood by the ancient ford. that sense of place out of time is the effect that i was striving for in this piece, and tried to keep everything is service of that goal.