Summer’s Black Diamond

It took a while, but I finally managed to get around to finishing another piece for my Across the Divide collection. This time I mixed it up a bit with 1. color and 2. a non-winter piece.


Summer’s Black Diamond. 2014. Acrylic on canvas. 18×24

The good thing about knowing tons of active Coloradans is the endless supply of inspiration. This fall I met a really fantastic group of adventurous spirits in Golden, CO. Not only did they inspire me to take on my own adventures, but they had some really great photos from their own trips that fell right into my wheelhouse of painting aesthetics.

The title came about from two different ideas. The most obvious reason behind the name is gear bag to the far left is the brand Black Diamond. The other reason gets a little more abstract: The hardest routes in snowboarding/skiing are labeled as black diamonds. The route this group is about to embark on isn’t the easy route, but they’re about to take on the hardest route, the black diamond.