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Day 13 Desert Scape, Oil on Canvas, 40x30 inches



In 2008 I travelled alone across China and Outer Mongolia. I had spent several tough nights on a hard sleeper train when I saw this view of the Gobi Desert and decided to get off early. It was an exceedingly cold morning, the sun was barely breaking through, but a large power plant was just revealed in the distance and, along with the poles in the foreground, I liked this

human dimension. The scene reminded me of many Chinese landscape paintings I had seen on my trip; distances seemed immeasurable, contours disappeared into the mist, and small, delicate details revealed the human presence. This is a view simply of how things were.


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