Painted from plein air field study and photo references.
The painting depicts the South Fork Cache la Poudre River in the mountains near Fort Collins, Colorado. This area is one of my favorite areas to paint. I return to this general area often. This stretch of river is in an small open valley. The river runs through the edge of a grassy meadow with willows, dogwood, and other strubs. The hills surrounding the perimeter of the small valley are covered in pine and aspen forests.
This painting is part of Masters in Miniature Invitational Show at Trailside Galleries in Jackson, WY. July 4-24, 2011.