Spring Orchards and Mt. Hood is an oil painting capturing the essence of spring. Here Mt. Hood towers over the Hood River Valley in Oregon, known for its rich orchards of pear and apple. The trees are blooming, and the time of day is around the golden hour. The painting is on a 20 x 24-inch gallery wrap canvas. Mt. Hood is located in the Cascade Range of north Oregon. It is a stratovolcano that is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc of the Pacific Rim, also known as The Ring of Fire. The highest mountain in Oregon at 11,240 feet, Mt. Hood is also one of the most prominent in the nation given its location, towering over the Hood River Valley. Although it is considered a dormant volcano, Mt. Hood is considered potentially active and the most likely to erupt in Oregon. There is evidence of volcanic activity in the fumaroles and hot springs on the mountain’s flanks. Numerous earthquake swarms are common. Mt. Hood is the home to 12 glacial snow fields. Most of these glaciers are above tree line at 6000 feet and offer year around skiing. Glaciers and snow fields cover about 80% of the mountain. Creating portals of light, love, joy, beauty, compassion, hope and gratitude is my lifelong passion and gift for the earth, hence the name of my art business, For the Earth. My mother painted in oils when I was young and encouraged my own drawing, painting and handcrafting in all forms. My father, the photographer, gave me my first camera at age 8. As a result of these loving influences, I am a lifelong student of both mediums. I am grateful to my wonderful Pacific NW painter teachers, Stan Capon and Edi Olson, for training my eye and technique. I hope you will enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed its creation. More gifts for the earth can be found at these websites: jeanette-french.artistwebsites.com and jeanette-french.pixels.com.
January 25th, 2019
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