Working at 600% in January
The New Year started right away for us here at the studio when a large scale art commission proposal was approved. It was a project I'd been selected for in 2016 by the New York Art Consulting company, Museum Editions for a resort hotel remodel in Paradise Valley near Scottsdale, Arizona. The approval process had taken several months and I got the news in late December that I had been selected to produce a 5x15' painting for the main gathering area of the resort - the sunken lounge.
The hotel, Mountain Shadows is a modernist era icon in the valley with breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain. The interior designer on the project chose a painting of mine from 2015, Sedimentary Slice that resembled the geology and landscape of the area surrounding the resort. As soon as I saw pictures of Camelback mountain range - I knew it would work too with some modifications on the ridge lines.
The original inspiration painting was 30x30" which meant cropping the image and increasing the scale of everything 600%. Tools had to be specially fabricated like the carving teeth used to make the mountain shape and the width of brushes in order to recreate the effortless gestures and application of texture achieved at a small scale. It took 5 attempts at the mountain before I felt it was just right.
I'm super pleased with how this is going so far and won't be long before its installed in its new Arizona home.