2016 Mixed media on canvas
Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition. Cheyenne, Wyoming 2017
“Coming Back Home” is a view of the Grand Teton with Jenny Lake at its feet from an airplane as it is approaching the Jackson Hole airport to land.
I wanted to celebrate the mountain where I have spent many beautiful days climbing, hiking and skiing. Its portrait needed to be more than just a representation. I “dressed” up the mountain as if it were going to a magnificent party with gold, silver and copper leaves and vibrant colors. These colors are merely a humble rendering of the actual beauty of seasons passing on its slopes and of the poetic and haunting sunrises that touch its folds.
I left a large swath of white as if it were an untouched area. The eyes of the viewer can complete the portrait, fill in the blank, or leave it as is–a pause in the visual music.