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Purple Mountains Majesty

Purple Mountains Majesty

Custom made for an Idaho ski cottage. This painting is inspired by the rolling Bitterroot Mountains at sunset.

This was my first painting in this geometric style. 

About 5 years ago, I decided to try to capture the joy of one of my favorite color palettes into a single painting. I followed a “pattern” I created, so that the colors themselves are what is on display, not necessarily the structure/design of the painting. I used my analytical brain, my admiration of color, and I discovered an engaging style of painting that helps entice the emotions I felt when those colors played in my eyes in real time, in real life. The painting was titled Purple Mountains Majesty. It was inspired by a moment exploring the Bitterroot Mountains, watching endless rows of dyed mountain peaks as the day entered dusk. The same sight earlier that day was filled with red/brown tree trucks, deep green pine needles, and dusty tan/grey rock faces. But once the sun disappeared from view, the greens, browns, and tans morphed into lilac, dusty rose, and calamine.

Every time I see that painting, I’m taken to that moment.

Now, this painting lives in a ski cottage in the same mountain range that inspired the painting. Bringing a bit of the gorgeous outside, inside, to share that moment with travelers.

Painted in the winter of 2019/2020, 36 x 36 inch acrylic on canvas.

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