ABOUT THE VIEW: This painting is a diptych. The paintings are meant to be hung side-by-side, but separately they are complete compositions as well. The smaller painting is a view from Nepenthe. The larger is a view from above Deetjen’s Inn. So the two views actually do not go side by side in real life, but I wanted to make a panoramic painting that brought the viewer to the edge of the world and included my favorite ocean views.
ABOUT BIG SUR: Big Sur's landscape is wild and rugged. There are very few roads and permanent residents. The Santa Lucia mountains roll right into the sea. Highway one sits way up above the ocean and the cliffs are so steep and tall, most of the time you cannot see the shore below you. I even get dizzy sometimes when I drive up into the neighborhoods above the highway. But the ocean is so vast and beautiful when I am that high that if I can settle in, take deep breaths and stay still, I can enjoy it.
It is easy just to talk about the landscape when describing Big Sur, but I want to note that the region's indigenous people, the Esselen, thrived here for millenia. Although the land was taken from them centuries ago, today there are still members of the Esselen tribe in Monterey County. As a group, they focus on conserving land, continuing cultural traditions and preserving the cultural heritage of the tribe.
-Two Original Landscapes
-Oil on Canvas
-30" x 40" x 1.5" and 30" x 30" x 1.5"
-Sides are painted as a continuation of the painting.
-Wires on back, ready to hang.
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This is Big Sur / Diptych / 30 x 70 / Oil on Canvas
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