For me, viewing a painting always involves emotion. This could mean response to color, composition, subject matter, size or price to name a few.
One of the most important things I look for in a painting is the story it came to tell. Was this done on location, in the studio, from a photo or imagination? I love painting from the memories that make my life rich.
This painting, entitled Lights in the Valley, brings back a memory of driving along a mountain ridge overlooking Summer Lake in Oregon. Summer Lake is located in the Oregon Outback in the south central region of the state. The lake bed is dry many months of the year, especially in summer. It's a popular place for camping, hiking and nature lovers.
As we drove along the ridge at twilight, we could see the lights from homesteads and campers in the valley below.