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”.
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.
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”.
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?
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
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.
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
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
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.