62. Canyon Cypress

In the autumn of 2019 my partner Michele and I found ourselves exploring Capitol Reef National Park in central Utah. We hiked miles through a slot canyon at the southern reaches of the park. The creek bed along which we hiked lay at the foot of enormously tall sandstone walls. After hiking several miles along the creek bed, we found a statuesque cypress tree growing at the bottom of this slot canyon. An enormous wall of golden sandstone stood behind the tree that reached hundreds of feet above us. The tree seemed to stretched itself along the canyon wall, twisting and curving itself in its search for sunlight.

Several years later, back in my studio, I tried several times to capture the essence of the tree and sandstone. I finally settled on using a medium-weight cotton canvas paper from Canson. In the end, I decided to use the unfinished (reverse) side of the paper, which had a finer tooth.


This piece belongs to my #ArtForGood project, where all proceeds are donated to a suitable nonprofit. For this piece, I will donate funds to DiscNW‘s Youth Development Fund, which provides scholarships and program support for youth ultimate in the Greater Seattle area.


  • Medium Sennelier oil pastels on Canson Canva-Paper, 290gm
  • Dimensions 16″ x 12″, mounted on foam core, single black matte, 20″ x 16″, unframed, cello-bagged
  • Donation US$250
  • Status Available, inquiries email contact@onehundredpaintings.art

~ by Delfino on 2021/10/29.

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