I recently finished this small painting of a scene along a hiking trail in Big Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah. This canyon is only about a fifteen minute drive from my home so I visit often, the downside to that convenience is it's easy for all the rest of the residents of the Salt Lake Valley to go there too so it can get quite crowded. This is why I usually go early in the morning and only stay until noon or so. It was spring and the sun has just risen enough to illuminate this interesting arrangement of rocks and evergreen tree roots. I did a sketch on site and only recently got around to painting a small study, maybe I'll tackle a larger version some day.