After the Arrowhead last year, my friend Scott reached out to me to do a painting of the Arrowhead Trail for him. Scott sent me some photos he took from his race, and I chose the one after a giant hill after MelGeorges. This is the first true piece that I was making for someone and I was nervous the whole time. During the process I kept finding “mistakes” and got very putzy at the end, fixing this… adjusting that. My goal was to have it done by the Superior 100 and it was a full two months after that I could present this piece to my friend. The timing ended up being perfect, and the feeling I got from giving this to Scott will never be forgotten!
Soon after this, I started on another piece, and as I whip through this next work, I’ve found that confidence is a huge factor. Already I’m feeling more confident in landscapes and it helps me move purposefully! I love making pieces for friends because it does make me have a dead line and also do things I might not have done on my own, and it’s meaningful art! At first I was terrified of Scott looking at this painting in his cabin for years, but now, I get nothing but warm fuzzies knowing this is a gateway to a memory for him, of a snowy day, a big hill, and an Arrowhead finish!
Above is the painting in is’ts entirety, below is a close up of center. Yes I need a better camera!