Last week on a mini-trip through the Northern Cascade Mountains, we stopped at Washington Pass. After a short, steep hike to the lookout, we were greeted by an awesome view of snow capped mountains. What could be more glorious than to see that great expanse and to feel the power and the grandeur of those huge craggy peaks! Seeing that panorama, I felt a bit overwhelmed and inspired at the same time, a teeny part of something so much bigger than I could possibly imagine.
Then we left the path (and the other people) behind and started climbing even higher on smooth, gently slanted rocks. Relaxing on those warm rocks, I became fascinated with the patterns and shapes created by their natural pink-tinted color and by the green moss that had formed a thin layer over their surface, creating endless swatches of color and light. So much beauty! The vast mountains contrasted with the microscopic formations on the rocks. Seeing the mountains from afar, while touching and feeling into the rocks.
Sitting there and looking back and forth between the two, it came to me that I wanted to recreate that feeling of contrast in my studio. The big and the small of it. To look deeply within at my own feelings and my own creative process and at the same time to reflect the state of the world surrounding me. I confess that I am much more comfortable with my inner world. But the desire to tackle the larger issues that confront us all is there. The rocks and also the mountain.