In deciding which four of the many scenic views found in Yosemite to capture for my Yosemite Park series, I determined the final painting would focus on the granite monolith El Capitan. Additionally, I was looking to place each of these four icons of the park into the four seasons. During one of my many visits to Yosemite, the snow came floating down and began covering the road as I drove down into the park one evening. The sight of Yosemite covered in a pristine white blanket of fresh snow is an amazing sight and one I just had to capture.
I had been considering a number of options for a new series of paintings. The more I thought about it, the idea of depicting the seasons kept running through my mind. As I thought about how best to communicate the change in seasons, I felt I needed to pick a region that best lent itself to showcase a visual variety. The mountains were the locations that I ultimately chose. Additionally, Modern Bungalow in Denver had started selling my prints in their store. I thought it would be good to showcase the incredibly diverse beauty of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. When designing this print, I really wanted to contrast the cold snow environment with a blazing warm-looking sunset sky over the Rocky Mountain National Park scene.
Here is a preview of my latest painting... a section of the sky which I just finished painting the other night.