Of the hike and her painting the original piece, Sarah shares, “This hidden gem isn’t on the official park map, yet to me is the most charming waterfall in the Smokies.… A storm was blowing in on our hike out, and the sun flickered behind swiftly passing clouds. Golden leaves streamed across the valley from wind-tossed trees, glinting in the shifting light. Nature’s glitter.
“I took 100+ photos at the time, but none expressed the delight I felt that day. I knew a painting would, if I could figure it out. I’ve been experimenting with painting forests lately, searching for techniques to capture how I experience the dappled light of trees layered on trees. This is the first painting where it all clicked. I also used artist-grade spray paint for the first time and added mars yellow to my palette.”