Adirondacks

There is a train ride that travels through the northern most town of New York before Canada, to the southern metropolis of NYC. The Adirondack Park boasts the largest acreage of all the national parks in the U.S. combined with small towns littered throughout. My hometown is situated at the very top of the mountain range; sometimes referred to as the Lake City. Lake Champlain and the green mountains of the ADK’s are where I grew up.

These four large scale pieces depict the mountain ranges, hundreds of lakes, and small towns of upstate New York while following the path of the Amtrak train. Created to fill the walls of a pediatrician’s office, each scene was asked to include the owner’s Border Collie Pepper on her adventure visiting the sites. From Mount Marcy, the largest mountain in the park, to Olympic ski mountain Whiteface and the surrounding town of Lake Placid, Pepper’s hitching a ride on the way. The series ends at the D&H train station in Plattsburgh, ready to start the journey all over again.

The dimensions of the pieces vary slightly, but all of which scale over six feet in length. It was important to capture the feeling of the area using the colors and tiny details you’d find here. Personally I find the best time of year to be in the region is summer surrounded by sun, thus the secondary palette. Fauna dispersed throughout, you can’t be in the ADK’s without an abundance of life. Even the city of Plattsburgh in the left corner of the final piece is an exact replica of downtown over looking the lake. It’s really a nice place to be!