I was inspired to create this painting because I looked at these mountains on a daily basis when I lived in Tucson, Arizona. I approached the painting process in a very Cezanne-like way, with big daubs of colors layered over each other in a very loose, yet calculated manner. My wife says this looks like a “happy mountain” and I would agree… I loved looking at it on a daily basis and observing the way the light and shadows would change the “mood” of the mountain. This painting is from a day when both I and the mountain were happy.
About Derek Alvarez
Derek Alvarez has been creating art since he was 3 years old. One of his drawings was exhibited on a nation-wide tour at age 12. He earned an art scholarship to the University of Arizona, focusing on oil painting, graduating in 2004, Magna cum Laude. He began selling his oil paintings while still in college, exhibiting his work in Scottsdale, Arizona and New York City. His work can be found in several public and private collections throughout the country. Currently, he is working as a full-time artist while traveling with his wife and two sons, and shipping his artwork throughout the world.