Central Park: In Memorandum, 1857-2016
48"X72" Oil on Board
The horses of Central Park have been there since the park's inception in 1857. There is a lot of controversy over whether they should stay or not; there is a motion being tabled to get them out sometime in 2016. Some say it is unfair to the animals, but it is up to us as people to look at how we are treating them, not the horses themselves. There is also the underlying reason of real estate; the stables in which the horses stay are worth a lot of money. It is up to the people of New York to decide; I hope for the betterment of the horses, and I hope to have to rename this painting.
Grand Canyon - Eagle Point
36" X 72" Oil on Canvas
Located on the west side of Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Reservation, the Skywalk was built right beside Eagle Point and is very controversial. Some people think the Skywalk is tacky, overly commercial, and an insult to the canyon’s natural beauty. It was funded mostly by Las Vegas businessmen, who will get most of the profits for the first several years to recoup upfront costs, although the Hualapai own the structure. Some people claim that outside interests are exploiting the Hualapai tribe. They question how the Hualapai, with their belief that the canyon is sacred ground, can exploit nature in this way. The tribe needs income to help lift them out of poverty so the decision was made to get tourist dollars from the attraction of a Skywalk. Whatever your views, it has brought more attention to the beauty of Grand Canyon by allowing more people to see its treasures such as Eagle Point.
Bighorn Canyon - Devils Canyon Overlook
Bighorn Canyon National Park straddles the border of Montana and Wyoming with the Pryor mountains encompassing the park. A herd of wild horses still runs free and are very special because of their Colonial Spanish American heritage. These horses, derived from the horses of Portugal and Spain, have been present in this rugged mountain area for over 200 years. If lost, the herd cannot be restored; and so it's biological viability, together with it's history, must be preserved. It is a spectacular place with the Devils Canyon Overlook dropping 1000 feet into the Bighorn river below.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
36"X72" Oil on Canvas
This double rainbow was seen just outside of Byron Wyoming. Nature's natural color spectrum always elicits the same pattern (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) when light is refracted, commonly known from the Roy G. Biv mnemonic. While a primary rainbow is visible when light is reflected once off the back of a raindrop, a secondary and usually dimmer rainbow is spotted when light is reflected twice in a more complicated pattern. The colors of the second rainbow are inverted, with blue on the outside and red moved to the inside. The second bow appears dimmer or cloudier because much more light is released from two reflections, and both bows cover a larger portion of the sky. To the left is the Bighorn mountain range, the Pryor mountains.
Grand Canyon - Vishnu Point
The north side of the Grand Canyon is only open 6 months of the year. With an average elevation of 8,000 feet, the North Rim offers views of the canyon from a higher vantage, in an environment and sub-alpine climate of blue spruce, Douglas fir, mountain ash, colourful lupines and grassland meadows. It remains much cooler than the south rim, and the north rim averages 50 to 100 inches of snow each year.