Historical Landscape                      Kaaterskill Falls

                                                           Kaaterskill Falls 
                                                           Kaaterskill Falls     34 x 25"  oil on canvas    

Kaaterskill FallsKaaterskill Falls was a must see destination for Victorian vacationers who visited the Catskill Mountains in the summers to get away from the heat of the city.  It was also painted by dozens of artists, both back in the 1800’s and in the present.
The challenge with painting the falls is that there is no vantage point from which one can view it in its entirety. 

A New Look at the Hudson River School
The Golden Age of Landscape Painting
 
There has been a new interest taken in the Hudson River School, which was started by Thomas Cole (1801-1848).  After a journey up the Hudson River on a sketching trip he stunned collectors back in New York with his new works.  The paintings were of landscape wilderness and were quite a change from the salon styles that were in vogue.
Cole believed the pristine wilderness was God’s first cathedral.  Along with William Cullen Bryant and other thinkers of the time, this idea was to touch the hearts of a nation that was beginning to taking its place in the world.
Paintings by the Hudson River School artists were dramatic, enticing and optimistic. The scenes depicted included vast skies and distant horizons. Over the years the wildness was exchanged for pastoral farms or a favorite fishing hole.
      The first drop.  Kaaterskill Falls, summer 1991

Today, more than ever, people are looking for that perfect spot— that place where one can forget the modern world and its demands.  People need the beauties of Nature—even if it’s only as a painting on a wall caught by a passing glance.

The challenge with painting the falls is that there is no vantage point from which one can view it in its entirety. 

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