I took a road trip to Winthrop, Washington just about a month ago. It is an annual fishing trek with a couple great friends, different destinations.
Driving home on the back roads to Idaho gave me a chance to soak up the landscape. Explosive sunlight and massive clouds drifting across newly green fields. I love traveling through big desolate spaces especially if the roads are also empty. Nature always better sans people.
This is a painting from March that I sold at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, South Carolina. A great gallery owned and operated by a talented husband and wife team. They are both excellent artists and their space and collection are top notch. I hope to continue sending them art and visit their gallery and historic town (preferably during the dead of North Idaho Winter).
In 1988 there were huge forest fires in Yellowstone National Park. My Dad and I drove through the park on our way to an epic backpacking trek just south of Yellowstone. I thought I would never see forest fires like that again, I wish that were true.
I am painting a few trout portraits to honor our aquatic friends. I caught the largest trout of my life on my birthday. I always catch and release fish but they are netting these Mackinaw trout to reduce their numbers. They are serious predators and clearly get huge! This fish was 17.85 lbs and 36″ long! It is providing a lot of meals for the family!
Now that there are just a few tiny patches of snow lingering in the shadows, my last winter scene. This is the smallest of the work I will be shipping to Horizon Fine Art Gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
I guess I will post a TBT… only because I was so fond of this painting. I painted this in late summer then shipped it to Kuwait! That was the slowest shipping I have experienced, I was worried for weeks! I actually sent a few paintings and they appeared to be in limbo with no information available. But the box finally made it to the client and she was thrilled… so there can be happy endings.