The sloughs of the Columbia river provided this visage from out the window on the southbound freeway. I liked it because there were no people or buildings to clutter an inspiring view looking south from the road.

This painting proved to be quite a challenge in getting the light right because it was in such contrast to the shadow areas. I painted it several times with glazes and direct painting before I got something I liked and where the white paint stopped looking chalky and more like lit-up grasslands.

There seems to be an undulation to the grasses and scale is difficult to read. This was an unforeseen benefit to me because I like landscape paintings where the viewer gets it all to themselves. I wanted to conger up a feeling of the calm and quiet at this view that can only be seen from the hustle bustle of the freeway.