30 x 30 oil on linen
As I descended a narrow road from Col de Bretaye mountain above Villars, Switzerland, I was overcome by the stunning landscape before me. My birthplace near Lausanne was an hour away and mountain scapes shaped my childhood, but I could not take my eyes away from the majesty of these mountains. I created this painting to share the roughness of the obviously inaccessible mountains while combining the vast spread of snow and the stark darkness of the valley to intensify the sharp contrast between both. Although this painting could be interpreted as monochromatic, I used many touches of colors throughout to add subtle interest. When painting this landscape, I wanted to share the feeling of the raw wilderness that I observed.