On August 21st, 2017 in the Medicine Bow Forest near Esterbrook, Wyoming, I along with hundreds more witnessed the Great American Eclipse right in the path of totality. Something I'd never experienced before.
Totality was an incredible sight. I will never forget, the moment you took of the glasses and stared directly at the sun - the ethereal Corona, the dancing red prominences and the brilliant Baily's beads. Breathtaking and primal. A 360 degree cinematic two minute sunset and sunrise here and gone before you knew it.
During the spectacle, I was also taking in Laramie Peak and the surrounding Wyoming landscape. Looking at the quality of light across the mountain and forest and how the eclipse affected color. It was like nothing I’d experienced before. Not quite moonlight, not quite darkness. There was some color - warm and desaturated to almost grey tones. It was as equally fascinating as the Corona above.
In conceptualizing this new collection of paintings, I've been thinking about that special and unique quality of Eclipse Light across the mountainous landscape. I have started to work in a monochromatic "Totality Palette" of low intensity color mixes and in compositions with dramatic contrasts of light and shadow.