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Desolation Valley Wilderness

Desolation Valley Wilderness

Piece description from the artist

The Pacific Crest and Tahoe Rim Trails coincide on their path through Desolation Wilderness in the Sierra Nevada, Calif. I transited the valley along the shore of Lake Aloha a few summers past.
Far from tropical, Desolation Wilderness is a quintessential example of high Sierra scenery, scooped clean be glaciers eons ago, swept clean by ferocious storms every winter, buried under pillows of snow all but a few brief months in summer.
I painted this from reference images taken on that backpacking trip. I lingered long enough to sketch a bit, and gather some mental notes about the environment as well. A brief morning shower urged me on my way.

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28.0" x 21.0"
Oil on canvas

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