Long Shadows of Winter
Oil on canvas
The long blue shadows of winter seemed even longer during the cold season at the end of 2020, a long year of shadows in itself. I love the shadows in this season, the way they reach out when the sun is at a low angle. They seemed especially poignant with the losses that everyone experienced in the last year. But if you look beyond the shadows to the sunny space beyond, they offer the glimpse of hope for the season of rebirth.
Paintings are a tunnel into the soul of the subject, capturing the personality of it. I am an expressionistic painter inspired by that essence of a person, animal or a place that is below the surface, perhaps unknown to the casual viewer, yet known and loved by those closest to it. I am inspired by landscape painters of the north, most recently those from the turn of the 19th century from Canada and the Nordic areas of the world. Born and raised in Idaho, I grew up exploring backcountry areas and lakes, and love painting the landscape.