Painting "Tree Trunk as Mountainside Vista (after Thomas Moran)" by Hunter Madsen

"Tree Trunk as Mountainside Vista (after Thomas Moran)"

 
TITLE - "Tree Trunk as Mountainside Vista (after Thomas Moran)"
WHERE - San Diego, California (2015)
 
This image handles the veined, rippling surface of a large tree trunk as though the trunk itself represented a sweeping, mountainous landscape as viewed from above at some distance.  I have chosen an earthy palette that loosely echoes, if only tongue in cheek, the warm and radiant light favored by Thomas Moran (1837-1926) in his celebrated paintings of Yellowstone National Park.