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Monday, November 15, 2010

Capitol Reef Backroad - SOLD

"Capitol Reef Backroad", 8" x 10", Oil on Panel
Of all the places we went last fall in Southwestern Utah, the little known Capitol Reef National Park was my favorite.  Capitol Reef has multiple layers of rock from pink to green and the light in the canyons is amazingly luminous.  This is the western side of the monocline, called the Waterpocket Fold.  We drove down to Lake Powell on the eastern side on the road shown on the national park link, meeting only a few cars and a park ranger who was on the look out for big game hunters coming illegally within the park boundaries.


  1. This is a stunning painting...I admire the way that you use color as light!

  2. This is another winner! I love your muted colors. Can you hear my oohs and aahs.

  3. Love this one Kathryn! Spent a day by myself a couple years ago poking around Capitol Reef, it really is magical, and you have definitely captured the essence of it in this piece.

  4. Thank you all for your comments--I so love the colors in Utah!