The original painting for this print was created using watercolor and ink, and was commissioned by and published in Backpacker Magazine as the title page for their annual feature, “Hiker’s Handbook”. This piece was inspired by North American topography and all the magical outdoor places I have ventured in this beautiful country.
I wanted to capture the beauty of our diverse land in a densely layered landscape of marshland, rivers, desert, sand-dunes, canyons, forest, and mountains. I included many elements that are close to my heart – Mariposa lilies and Indian Paintbrush wildflowers, massive redwood trees, beavertail cactus, and the stunning rock formations from Arches National Park and Bryce Canyon in Utah. The bright high-saturation colors of this limited palette create a dream-like quality across the different topographic features, inviting you adventure into the wild and just maybe get lost.