Semi-Finalist, ArtBox Project World 1.0 Show!
This piece will be in the ArtBox Project World 1.0 Show from January 4th – March 31st, 2021 in their Zurich Gallery and on Artsy.net all year!
There is something really peaceful and soothing about mist and fog. Painting thin veils of color to obscure and soften the hard lines of the rocky ridge line creates mystery and invites the viewer to engage.
The Wasatch Mountain Range
The Wasatch Back Region of the Rocky Mountains is one of the most beautiful places on earth. This view is in a constant state of evolution and continues to inspire my work. There is something mystical, magical and spiritual about being in the mountains that nurtures the soul.
“Wasatch Fog,” is a view of the Wasatch Back Region of the Rocky Mountain Range, in Utah. In the last year or two there have been many more days of fog and rain during the ski season. Blurring the mountains, dripping the paint and creating a foreground of wet regimented chaos relates the concerning new weather patterns.
Painting the West
The Alta and Snowbird Ski Resorts are a skier’s mecca on the Wasatch Mountain Range, (the front side), in Utah. The Cottonwood Canyons tend to get more snow than most of the other resorts in the Wasatch Mountain Range. An enormous bowl on one of the mountains within the Snowbird Ski Resort that can be unbelievable to ski. This is one of many incredible views from the top of one of the lifts. Tucked behind the ridge line on the left of this piece is the sought after bowl. “The Road to Provo” to which the cat track is lovingly referred to by the locals runs along the lower portion of this piece. Living in the mountains provides a first hand look at the destruction of our planet.
The West is known for wide open spaces and big sky. Watching the storms roll in across the mountains, the shadows of the clouds marbling the landscape and what feels like the hand of God shining light on the valley creates peace, contentment and tranquility for the viewer in this piece.
The Sundance Resort in Provo, Utah is a lovely, very rustic, old school establishment that reminds Ms. McLoughlin of the ski mountain on which she learned to ski in Speculator, N.Y. “In the summer, take the chair lift up to the top and hike around the side of the mountain. Wander through the wild flower filled meadows and down to Stewart Falls. This hike never disappoints”. Be sure to make a reservation to dine at The Forge. Sit outside on the patio and relax after the trek down the mountain.
Snow Squalls, (above), is a view of the canyon just before you turn to go up the mountain to Sundance. Light and shadow play a significant roll in the beauty of these mountains.
Before Covid-19 hit the world like a sledge hammer, Ms. McLoughlin traveled quite a bit. “I have always wanted to see the Northern Lights so Iceland was high on my list. It was one of the most challenging trips I have ever taken, due to the extreme weather. I have lived through all kinds of weather catastrophes and never experienced anything like a regular winter’s day in Iceland. We did have one or two clear days to explore a small part of the country. I enjoyed hiking a volcano and seeing the winter beaches and rough surf, crashing into the barriers along the shore”.
Otherworldly is a good way to describe Iceland. Fiords covered by mist and clouds, the sharp edges of the mountains breaking through. The mountain in the foreground slices the composition into a yin and yang of sorts. The cliff edge seems to plummet to “Middle Earth”.