This painting is called The Mountain Pass and is inspired by the always stellar photography of my friend Wayco Beckman. I have been inspired by Wayco’s photography over and over again through the years, so much so that we are planning a joint show of his photos and my paintings this summer.
For this painting, I focused in on the line of the road shown in the photo. In the photo, the sky is cloudy and the top of the mountain is covered with clouds. This inspired me to swirl the sky in subdued (for me) colors, and to emphasize the line of the road by keeping the shapes in the foreground.
I called it The Mountain Pass because the road/line seems perhaps a bit treacherous, but probably necessary to follow anyways. Like most things in life that are difficult, the accomplishment is usually worth the challenge or the experience gained along the way.