This is a painting from a trip I took several years ago to Montana. We visited a valley ten years after a fire, facing the Beartooth mountain range:
Regrowth, 24″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © Kathryn Beals
My former career is in forestry, so I have particular interest in forest fires and the changes they can make to landscapes and plant communities. This area was so beautiful and vibrant, and the open space supported a huge diversity of wildflowers and small animals.
I took video of the painting from start to finish. The quality is not the greatest since it’s my first video, before I got my new camera, but you can still get an idea of the process:
Here are some detail shots, since it’s a big painting: