Yosemite Memory

Yosemite Memory

30 X 40   Oil  – SOLD

Price: $4.25

In a place where dreams live, there are waterfalls in the recesses of our mind ideas like water flow……


Living in the foothills of the Sierras is a (no pun intended) golden opportunity to be in touch with nature.  I came late to a love of nature having been a city person all of my life – until we moved here 12 years ago.  Now, I love nature  and well executed realistic landscapes.  But, I’m not the kind that will sit for hours with mosquitoes and blazing sun.  also, there are many who paint them beautifully.  I prefer to exaggerate what I see; or to minimize.  For instance I will often paint in the sunset vertically instead of horizontally.  Why I have often been asked.  It just seems to me to be a more fun and speedy way to get to the outer ranges of the cosmos that way.  I want the colors to be vertical so I paint them that way.  Maybe it’s my childhood training with the bible, I want to fast track to heaven.

I live in Yosemite’s backyard, consequently my husband and I often go there just for the day, to picnic, sketch, take photographs or bring whatever grandchild we can capture for the day.  Since I’m primarily a studio painter, I bring home my impressions and photos and then go to paint.  Not striving for realism, although that often does happen.  I am looking for the feeling I experienced and I try to express that.

I have done many paintings of this area, but the paintings I love most are the more abstracted from memory.  I love to re-capture the feeling with just a hint of what it actually is.  I am utterly fascinated by the water falling in Yosemite.  A trickle turning into a torrent, is fascinating to watch.  The colors and shapes of the waterfall are ever changing while remaining steady.  That is hypnotizing and meditative to me.

I will probably never complete this series but will continue to bring them forth on canvas or paper, when the mood strikes.  Since I have sold many of these, I can only assume others like them as well.