Mt. Diablo Images
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I have been painting Mt. Diablo since I arrived here from Rhode Island, by way of Boston, thirty six years ago. It has been an ongoing subject no matter what else I was working on at the time. New Englanders, and in particular Rhode Islanders, tend to be somewhat sedentary. A thirty minute drive is an adventure for which we pack a lunch and extra clothes in case of inclement weather. If there is a mountain involved, we may just prefer the long view.
Because of this I was never one to hike around on it (although I have) and I have found that I can appreciate it much more from a distance as it pokes it's summit(s) above buildings in Concord, above the waters of the Delta and over the refineries in Benicia and Martinez. From what I have read, Hokusai had the same feelings and perspective regarding Mt. Fuji, so I am in good company here.
It is visible from everywhere I go these days. A magical presence just ahead or over my shoulder, always sustaining and inspiring when it seems so little else does....
Warren Dreher, Concord CA 2010 (Statement from Danville Art Association Exhibition)
I recently found some images from my first painting show and inaugural exhibit at the Mr. Diablo Summit Museum. Early 1990"s. After hanging the work I remember driving back down the mountan that night, in the fog, with my friend Shirley, quite an experience.
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