12x16 Oil on Canvas
Prints & Original Available
While hiking along the southern rim of Bryce Canyon, this immature pine tree with exposed roots caught my attention. Speaking in terms of the human element, it appeared to be clinging to the edge of the cliff, as if to obtain the closest view possible. But once I began taking inventory of the southwestern landscape in general, I realized there were many scenes, just like this one. (My previous painting, Wall Street is another example).Pine trees flourished in places that I would have never imagined, deep inside the desert canyon walls and high atop rock formations. A thought kept running through my mind, “That tree doesn’t belong there!”.
On the other hand, folks living in that region may disregard this as something worth mentioning, because of its commonality. This subconscious immunity is something that inhibits our creativity and dulls our senses. It causes us to seek places “somewhere else”...you know, the ones with a Grander view. But the truth is, if we continue to dig deeper, we can rediscover the unique treasures that exist in our very own back yards.