Piece description from the artist
Inspired by the idea of the Ruckenfigur depicted in German Romantic landscape painting (ex. Caspar David Friedrich's "Wanderer above the Sea of Fog"). This image is a self portrait at the top of Rattlesnake Mountain in New Hampshire as I recall the many hikes made while growing up that I now view with much more appreciation.
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.