Taughannock Falls are said to be the highest water fall East of the Mississippi. I don't know if that's true, but the gorge that the water has carved out of the rock over the eons is deep and full of dramatic beauty. Many artists paint these water falls, but I chose to look back at the trail leading to them for this work. The bright sun hitting the side of the cliffs and reflecting off the stream below struck me as wonderfully exciting. I chose to paint the cliffs in a palette of blues and purples after looking at paintings by the Canadian "Group of Seven" landscape painters of the turn of the Century. They, and their cohort, the painter Tom Thompson influence a lot of my work.
oil on canvas, raw pine frame