When faced with the austere grandeur or rolling silhouettes of these natural wonders, what landscape painter could not find kinship with the naturalist John Muir, who once proclaimed, “the mountains are calling, and I must go”? Lured by the same call of the wild, the artists featured here drew inspiration from a range of spectacular views — from snowy peaks and craggy sierras to verdant slopes and vibrant mesas.
“The town of Telluride, Colorado, sits at the end of a box canyon with an iconic waterfall that feeds the river on the valley floor,” says Susan Lynn. “In the early morning, the rising mist from the river burns off very slowly as the sun rises beyond the mountains. I found it a wonderful challenge to stand on the valley floor and try to capture the suffusion of morning light along with the gradual revealing of the mountains.”
“I painted Mountain Time over two long afternoons in Telluride,” says Jill Banks. “In 2015, the town was still new to me, and the size and complexity of capturing all the moving parts on this large canvas was a bit too much for me to handle and completely finish on location. After spending the week there, I really started to absorb the rhythms and feel of the place. Everyone has a dog … probably more than one. Bikes are everywhere. At some point, the streets quiet and morph as people change gears and head to dinner or home after the day of activity. I understood that it was as important to include the pile of bikes, the man (Ira) walking his dogs, and the overall mood as it was to depict the mountain in order to really capture the feel of the place.”
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