Oil on Canvas 16" x 38"

"Since my days living in Alaska, I have loved painting snow scenes. Of all of them, this one is an all time favorite. The scene depicts a relatively warm, late afternoon in the forest. My inspiration for the composition was from a painting of the enthroned madonna by Duccio at the Uffizi Galleries in Florence - an obscure reference, I know. But if you take a look at the line of the gilded border on the Madonna's cloak, you will see the relationship between it and the line of the stream meandering through the landscape."

Arabesque, oil painting by William H. Hays


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