Piece description from the artist
The Columbia River Gorge is truly one of the more visually stunning places in all of America.
The “Gorge as she’s known locally remains a scenic but harsh environment that can be ruthless and unforgiving, especially to those venturing in unprepared. Yet never does she act with ill intent, It’s never personal with her she just is the one, the only, Columbia River Gorge. On any given day the Gorge offers a variety of views. One might feature the rising sun’s rays beating down onto the rock faces of her northern Washington shoreline. Another might feature the southern Oregon shoreline, where one is sheltered from those same harsh rays yet a cool misty almost balmy breeze caresses ones face.
(Original 2006, 16"x24")
Byron Dudley was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1964, and grew up both in the suburbs of N.J. and in the Bed Stuy section of Brooklyn N.Y. He moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1984 to run track and cross country at the University of Oregon.
In 1995, Byron began life as a long haul truck driver. He did so to de-shelf, reorganize, and reinvent his life, and to find some solitude and time to reflect. He never imagined he would drive over a million miles and in doing so rediscover himself and his first passion: producing works of art.