The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes in Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska. I knew, during that impulsive tear, that I had to one day see it for myself. The pull of this landscape is magnetic. I am fascinated by the sharp charcoal lines of volcanoes seen across the valley floor, the lunar quality, desolate feel and the overall stunning vastness of it all.
Today, the gray skies and the memory of that photograph inspired this painting.
(*) Special Note from the Artist: While creating the red fumaroles, I noticed that two heart shapes were spontaneously made in one of the many washes of paint. The largest can been seen in the top right portion of the sky. The second is very tiny and can only be seen when you are in front of this painting!