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.


Written by Patricia Cherry

Patricia Cherry

Raised in California, Ms. Cherry has both a love for this beautiful state and a love of art. She has studied fine art at San Francisco State University, California College of Arts and Crafts, University of California, Berkeley and Escuela de Belles Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Granajauto, Mexico. Her studio is located in Sonora, CA, where visitors are welcome by appointment.

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