This landscape / skyscape originally was meant as a visual joke about the changeable weather during a particular summer. It seemed that every time my husband and I made it outside to enjoy the summer sunshine, dark clouds would emerge from seemingly nowhere, and engulf the sun and the lovely day.
Then, as I painted it, the work took on another meaning: a meditation on depression. I thought about how even the best times of your life can become overshadowered by dark feelings. The hawk wheeling through the valley became a symbol of hopefulness trying to rise above the sadness. (Painted 2014)