I had this painting in my mind for over a year before I started it! One of my favorite things to do in the summer when we lived in Tucson was to take my wife to the lake at Mount Lemmon… I’m capturing the memory with this one and I’m really proud of my color scheme because it’s not that easy to pull this off without looking garish… I don’t think I could have done it a year ago.
The memory captured is a sunset… a fleeting moment that is now captured for eternity. There was a hint of sadness as I painted it because I know that moment has passed… my wife and I were young and naive when we first started going to Mount Lemmon 10 years ago… we hadn’t been married long and we had yet to experience some things that devastated us later on. The closest I can come to this period of time is the memory, and now the painting of the memory. Tucson, and this moment, are special to me, but I know I can never go back.