The story of how this painting was created can be found below the image.

"A Full Pack," $8800.00, measures 28 inches by 36 inches. It is custom framed by Masterworks Frames in a beautiful, 5-inch wide dark moulding with 22k gold inset. This piece will first be on exhibit in the Thunderbird Gallery, Maynard Dixon Country in June. I will be painting in the area during the Maynard Dixon Camp out for ten days, and attending the Gallery Opening Reception on June 24th, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  As a visitor to this link, I would like to personally invite you to attend this special event. Click this link for the entire schedule of events and to purchase tickets.  

However, you do not have to be present to purchase. You may make your purchase request known prior to the opening reception by calling 1-435-648-2653 or clicking here.  By adding "A Full Pack" to your collection, you will also be invited to private events and special surprises available only to collectors of my work. In addition, if you place your intent to purchase on this piece prior to the opening reception, I would also love to invite you to make a visit to my private studio and join us for dinner!

Several plein air paintings were used as the resource for this composite piece created in the studio. The majority of those paintings were made during pack trips in the Eastern Sierra Mountains. Every August a group of us head up for our annual painting, camping trip. We usually make camp somewhere between 9–11,000 ft. elevation. It's a difficult hike for me to make. Living in middle Tennessee doesn't give me much chance to 'practice high elevation breathing.' I work out for months to prepare my muscles for the 6-9 mile hike each year. These pack mules carry the bulk of the load for us, including all of the food for the cook's tent for the trip. Anything over 50 lbs., we pack in ourselves on our backs. This is one sure way of cutting down on what you bring along! I want to think lightweight, warm, dry clothes and boots, minimal colors of paint tubes, fewer brushes, my lightest pochade called a Sketchbook and mini tripod, and Claessens #15 double oil-primed linen mounted on 3mm Sintra or gatorfoam.  In this painting, the mules are crossing one of several streams along our way. Often times the mules are on a different trail than we are, but it is a reassuring sight when our paths cross every now and then. In the background we see the Minarets, and Banner Peak, and Mount Ritter (12,264'; 12,936' and 13,150' respectively).  We took the Ritter Trail out of Red's Meadow Pack Station. Our camp site was just below Banner Peak on Garnet Lake . Known as part of the  Ansel Adams Wilderness, Garnet Lake is 8.55 miles from the trailhead and about 3 miles north of the John Muir Trail. 

Several plein air paintings were used as the resource for this composite piece created in the studio. The majority of those paintings were made during pack trips in the Eastern Sierra Mountains. Every August a group of us head up for our annual painting, camping trip. We usually make camp somewhere between 9–11,000 ft. elevation. It's a difficult hike for me to make. Living in middle Tennessee doesn't give me much chance to 'practice high elevation breathing.' I work out for months to prepare my muscles for the 6-9 mile hike each year. These pack mules carry the bulk of the load for us, including all of the food for the cook's tent for the trip. Anything over 50 lbs., we pack in ourselves on our backs. This is one sure way of cutting down on what you bring along! I want to think lightweight, warm, dry clothes and boots, minimal colors of paint tubes, fewer brushes, my lightest pochade called a Sketchbook and mini tripod, and Claessens #15 double oil-primed linen mounted on 3mm Sintra or gatorfoam. 

In this painting, the mules are crossing one of several streams along our way. Often times the mules are on a different trail than we are, but it is a reassuring sight when our paths cross every now and then.

In the background we see the Minarets, and Banner Peak, and Mount Ritter (12,264'; 12,936' and 13,150' respectively).  We took the Ritter Trail out of Red's Meadow Pack Station. Our camp site was just below Banner Peak on Garnet Lake . Known as part of the  Ansel Adams Wilderness, Garnet Lake is 8.55 miles from the trailhead and about 3 miles north of the John Muir Trail.