Mount Hood can be seen many places from Portland. Powell Butte was once a volcano, is now a place I can take my family for mountain biking. This original painting was done on site, en Plein air. The challenges of Plein air are changing light and contending with the outdoors. In this case, it was quite windy that day I had to keep on hand on the easel to keep it from blowing over. I was captured by the backlit trees in front of the blue foothills of Mount Hood.