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View over Spirit Lake, Mt. St. Helens

View over Spirit Lake, Mt. St. Helens

17" x 28"
Oil on Panel
2001

While working from nature, the outlying spectacle leads us inward to personal truths and so I will often deviate from a recorded truth for the sake of a more desired effect. To quote Ezra Pound, “the natural object is always the adequate symbol.” Shadows may be modified, perhaps extended in shape. They may come to eclipse some previous detail or more supportively frame a distant view. A shaft of light may find a new angle to reveal a detail of textural contrast like that of leaves on the forest floor, or the exposed surface on a tree, or some wild lilies...all places for the eye to light while guided through the composition, to a restorative truth.