Video: Inspiration and Creation of “Favorite Trail”

Living in the Rocky Mountains, I spend a large amount of my life outdoors. Much of that time is spent being active; hiking, biking, skiing, camping, and backpacking are how I unwind and have fun with friends. Outdoor adventures are a huge part of what make me who I am, and the main inspiration for my paintings.

Last summer I shot several video clips of myself mountain biking the Colorado Trail outside Breckenridge. I literally pulled a frame from one of these clips and painted it a couple of weeks ago.

Check out the video here:

I feel so fortunate to live in such an amazingly beautiful place and to be constantly surrounded by inspiration. I bike as much as 5 days a week in the summer. Getting exercise and having adventures in the great outdoors is really important to me for both my physical and mental health. No matter how bad a day I’ve had, getting out on the bike at the end of the day clears my mind and makes me feel whole again.

I love depicting these experiences through my artwork. I hope that when you view my paintings, you feel the joy I feel when I’m out exploring the wilderness, and remember the happiness that you’ve felt in your own adventures.

“Favorite Trail” depicts a section of the Colorado Trail near my house in Breckenridge, one that I bike on a regular basis once summer is in full swing. The views are spectacular and the wildflowers are crazy beautiful. I love biking just before sunset, when the light is golden and rich, illuminating the landscape in a magical way.

“Favorite Trail” is oil on canvas, measures 36”x24”x1.5”, and is available for sale here.