Landscape views are plentiful and beautiful in the Pacific Northwest. Right around the corner from where I live are acres and acres of farmland and rural countryside just ripe for the picking of images to paint. “Spring Promise” is one of those views that promises spring will come again and all is right with the world.

I was inspired to paint this view because of the strong contrast of newly flowered trees caught in the bright light and how it contrasted against the shadows of the mature forest behind it. I liked the show of man’s hand in the tractor wheel marks that helped to illustrate the undulation of the land. I utilized complementary glazes to make the shadowy trees more purple and gold to make the field jump out in front of it subsequently giving more visual depth between the two.