Last fall I was traveling up the Highlands Highway in North Carolina and stopped to take my tourist shots of Cullosaja Falls.The shadows were long. The river poured out of the blue forest before me onto the giant golden-rock falls caught by the hot evening sun. At the top of the falls stood this distinctive tree. She reached into the spotlight and presided over the crashing drama below like an Opera Queen in her final aria. I knew I would paint her one day.
I've removed her from the big stage so I could concentrate on her unusual structure and the fall foliage. Second in the tree series.
'The Diva' 8x13" Pastels on Wallis museum grade paper