This is my sixth painting of this group of trees. They cling to the side of Iron Mountain in my community of Lake Oswego. This place was the source of the iron ore that built Portland. It was smelted in a blast furnace that still exists on the shore of the Willamette River downtown. All of the trees in the area were logged and turned to charcoal which was essential in the smelting process. Historical photos show an apocalyptic landscape. Because this is Oregon, they grew back quickly and one of the nicknames for the town is 'The City of Trees'. The fertility here is truly stunning.
Watermedia on Yupo Workshop, July 19 and 20, Lincoln City Oregon
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