Piece description from the artist
Taking this picture was one of the best experiences of my life,on the way back from a road trip to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. My three best friends and I were driving through the Blue Ridge in Virginia at dusk. I saw this scene from the side of the highway and stopped to take this picture. It was beginning to get too dark to photograph, so I had one chance to take this picture. This is from the only negative I have of the Blue Ridge, but I couldn't be happier with the results. I see this picture and think about the song "Walkabout" by Atlas Sound and am reminded of one of the best journeys I've ever been on with the people I love. The mountains overlooking this scene ignite the excitement of uncertainty and wonder of what lies beyond the mountain range.
Growing up in central New Hampshire, Chris Hoodlet was surrounded by wilderness; he could hear the river flowing behind his house in the summer, and the sound of the water and peepers would sing him to sleep. Climbing to the tops of mountains provided Chris with a clear realization of life beyond our daily routines.
Chris aligns his artwork with "early 19th Century German Romantic":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Romantic paintings and the philosophy of the sublime. These images are a vision of his escape, a realization of what exists in the world, and Hoodlet's appreciation of the land beyond human civilization.