Mountains

Wasatch Back

Deep blue storm clouds drift over the valley and distant mountains, deep shadows in the foreground create more drama in this horizontal oil painting by artist Cynthia McLoughlin.
Safe Passage, oil on brushed aluminum, 27″ x 51″, Enquire

The Adirondacks

Tannery Row

Growing up in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York, began Ms. McLoughlin’s love of nature and the great outdoors. The Adirondack Park is filled with lakes, rivers, creeks, and of course the 46 High Peaks. “This was where I spent all my time doing every imaginable outdoor activity with friends and family to have fun. We did have an awful lot of fun”. Moving to California as an adult, she was once again pulled to the mountains of the Sierra. Hiking and skiing, she shared outdoor adventures with her young family. Expanding her horizons, Ms. McLoughlin discovered Park City, Utah. An amazing, creative, funky, fun, mountain town. “I never thought I would actually live in Utah. Things simply fell into place with my art and friends so here I am, for now anyway”.

Wildfires

Contemporary landscape oil painting of smokey mountains and a stormy sky. Golden yellow foliage in the foreground.
Fire on the Mountain, oil on brushed aluminum, 27″ x 27″, Enquire

Lightning strikes, fireworks and campers are often the source of wildfires in the spring and summer in Utah. Helicopters whirl through the sky with what seems like a drop of water compared to the raging fires below. Fascinating to watch and scary if you get too close, these fires spread rapidly with the fierce winds of the Utah afternoon. Our fearless fire-fighters risk life and limb to keep us safe. Thank you to all who serve.

Sundance

Snow Squalls, Provo Canyon, oil on aluminum panel, 39″ x 51″, Enquire

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.

Global Warming

I love to travel and in March, 2019, I went in search of the Northern Lights. Iceland was the most amazing, desolate, and extreme climate which I have ever experienced. I now understand how a person could die from exposure. It was however, spectacularly beautiful, changeable and the light had this incredible blue cast, reflecting off the snow. This snow covered peak, with icy silver swirls over looks a frozen landscape with soft, blurred mountains on the horizon line was inspired by my experiences on that trip.
Spring Thaw, oil on a brushed aluminum panel, 39″ x 39″, Enquire

Iceland

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”.

Spring Thaw, (above), is inspired by the snowy peaks, icy waters and unusual light that permeates the sky in Iceland. The silver metal adds an icy, reflective edge to this piece. It is hard to tell if the extreme weather has always been so severe in Iceland. Could it be due to the current, dramatic, temperature shifts and Global Warming?

Landscape oil painting of an Icelandic mountain and fiords beyond.
Dreamscape, oil on aluminum panel, 51″ x 39″, Enquire

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”.

The Wasatch Mountain Range

A deep blue pebbled forground fades into the melting snowy mountains shrouded in a foggy blur of drippy atmosphere.
Wasatch Fog, oil on white aluminum, 23″ x 23″, Enquire

Wasatch Fog is a view of the Wasatch Mountain Range, (the back side), 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 warming weather patterns.

Snowbird Melting, oil on brushed aluminum panel, 51″ x 51″, Enquire

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.

Changes in the environment from the Covid 19 epidemic have been recorded in many different ways; reduced airline traffic, smog, pollution and population dispersion. It is uncertain if it will all go back to what it was before the virus took hold of our world after they find a vaccine. Living in the mountains provides a first hand look at the destruction of our planet. The shorter seasons, more violent storms and warmer temperatures, which last winter kept the large reservoirs from freezing over, are very apparent here. Creating a little room for science to explore the issues and spawn some solutions to ease the pain of our planet would be a welcome relief.

A Birds Eye View

A birds eye view, or a view from well above the planet is a fascination and creates an unusual perspective. Ms. McLoughlin began painting landscapes from this perspective after a ride in a hot air balloon several years ago, and continues to use this dynamic tool in her paintings.

Te Wahipounamu, New Zealand

Fiordland National Park in New Zealand is an otherworldly place of infinite beauty. I have never seen as many waterfalls in one place as when I visited there. I wanted to capture the ancient feeling I had when visiting this land that seemed untouched by human beings. The aerial view is a favorite of mine. I hope to convey the feeling of gliding through the air towards the
“Silver Lake”, 39″ x 27″, Oil on steel, Enquire

Staying open brings many things to a creative person. A chance meeting through a mutual friend brought an avid outdoorsman/recreational pilot with a keen sense of composition into Ms. McLoughlin’s inspirational circle. He has shared many of his photos from around the globe, inspiring many of McLoughlin’s paintings like Silver Lake, (above), and Crevice, (below).

‎⁨Shasta-Trinity National Forest⁩, ⁨Forks Of Salmon⁩, CA

Oil painting on metal by Cynthia McLoughlin of blush colored mountain tops and blue horizon.
“Crevice”, oil on aluminum, 52″ x 40″, Enquire

Vertigo is a symptom where a person has the sensation of moving or of surrounding objects moving when they are not. The perspective in Crevice, (above), lends itself to a feeling of vertigo. The viewer stands firmly on the ledge and looks into the crevice, while still being able to view from several perspectives; the mist between the mountains and the horizon line beyond.

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