Quaking aspen is the most widely distributed native North American tree species, growing in greatly diverse regions, environments, and communities. It occurs across Canada, through the United States, to Mexico, in a variety of habitats. In the western United States, aspen is generally found at 5,000 to 12,000 feet elevation. Most of the aspen forest in the United States is found in Utah and Colorado.
Quaking aspen readily colonizes burned areas and can persist even when subjected to frequent fires. In the Central Rocky Mountains, the extensive stands of aspen are usually attributed to repeated wildfires.
Aspen trees create a color spectacle across the high altitude mountainous landscape during the peak of the Fall season. Ridge lines and entire forests shift chromatic hues vividly during a two week spell in September. This collection of paintings focuses on the shifting chromatic hues of the vibrant Fall colors as it relates to the mountainous landscape.