Great Sand Dunes National Park is one of those places that you can never shake after you've seen it once. And you know it will never appear the same when you come back.
This painting is based on a photograph I shot in July 1999. A storm was moving in and sunset was starting early. The dunes tower more than 700 fit above the valley floor, but there would be no dune climbing today. As we drove away, I saw this image in my mirror. I painted from a photograph with I took at the edge of the park.
It's one of my favorites because it captures a real moment, a real slice of time in a world full of dramatic yet un-heralded beauty.
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