Out of the Ashes


Oil on linen
40 x 18″



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This is a framed original oil painting on Claessens portrait-grade Belgian linen – which is a very fine, archival linen, considered to be the best quality material available for artist canvas. The frame is a custom wood float frame, black. 1.5″ deep with a satin finish.

About the art:

I have lived in South Lake Tahoe for 17 years now. I arrived when I was an obsessed boulderer, and everything I saw in the landscape was through the lens of climbing. We refer to battling through the dense understory as ‘bushwhacking’, and this was a necessary evil for the discovery of most new boulders in this area. Manzanita bush splays out long, twisted red limbs which follow the contours of rocks like a sea creature, concealing much of the forest floor with a multitude of small waxy leaves.

The fire exposed vast swathes of space between trees and boulders, a peculiar experience.  I can’t hear the rustle of unseen creatures, or feel the quickening sense that maybe a bear or mountain lion is watching me from a hidden place. Naked black manzanita arcs over the rocks, like arthritic fingers from a Grimm fairytale.

Suddenly, light blooms through a burnt sapling, russet needles hanging on to black branches. Difficult not to be reminded of the majesty of fire, echoing. There’s a strange beauty is this surreal place, and in this silence and radiant light I can forget the loss for a moment.

Additional information

Weight 15.9 lbs
Dimensions 42 × 22 × 4 in