Spontaneous Commission

At different times of my life, I’ve lived in the Andes, between the Cascades and the Olympics, and within sight of the Sierra Nevada’s famed Half Dome. I’ve hiked in the Rockies, the Sawtooth mountains and the Wallowas. Despite those experiences, nothing compared me for the rawness of South Africa’s Table Mountain, Constantia Peak or the Hottentots-Holland reserve. Photos do not do them justice. Being there was an unforgettable experience.

While we were there, I was offered an opportunity, and as an artist who loves mountains, I could not have asked for better: would I be willing to do a series of plein air graphite sketches of the local landscape? The deadline was short, so I poured myself into the task, relishing every hour. They had to be framed and hung right away, so I didn’t have the chance to scan them in high resolution. Still, here they are, the results of a wonderful spontaneous commission, already hanging on the wall in their new home.

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