I am fortunate that my house backs onto 600 acres of Simcoe County Forest. I walk or snowshoe in this forest year-round. This painting was inspired while snow shoeing on an unusually warm and sunny February day.
The erratic rock in this painting is immense, almost 6 feet tall. It is amazing to think that this rock was carried to its current locale by a retreating glacier long ago.
The late day shadows create deep contrasts between the light snow and the dark rock. The bright colours in the rock, snow and the trees in the background, were enriched by the inadequate winter sunlight.