This commissioned piece depicts the diverse and stunning landscapes of the Rob Roy glacier region in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. The somewhat abstract rendition of the glacier in the upper central area of this painting is the central subject of the painting, as the glacier protrudes abruptly out from the lush beech forests and mountains below. The title, “Serac”, is the technical term for the columns of ice that form on the undersides of hanging glaciers, which are often dangerous to climbers and break frequently from the Rob Roy glacier during spring melt. The significance of the danger implied by crashing seracs parallels the quieter, sinister perils that glacial recede signify as the climate warms (this glacier included).
Watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and ink on Arches 300 lb paper
Original (SOLD) - 30” x 22”