Cleared Trail is a Suze Woolf watercolor painting

Painting Details

Watercolor on 140 lb Arches archival paper
15 x 22 unframed
I painted this after hiking through the burn on Driveway Butte in the North Cascades. The light grey ash was like snow in places. The trail crew had been through, and the fallen trees cut where they crossed the trail. I painted them blue because they had died, turning the old "warm colors advance, cool colors recede" on its head.

As the climate warms, forest fires are becoming more frequent and catastrophic in the western United States. My deep anxiety with the impacts of climate change on wilderness are emerging in this series. Burned-over areas of forest are riveting. Unfamiliar tree forms are newly exposed. Formerly hidden terrain features become visible. Normal greens, blues and browns are transformed. All the worst fires of the last fifty years have occured in the last five years.

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