Bradley Lake Shallows

Pastel on Archival Panel
16" x 20"
© 2016 Gary Huber
It's a steep hike up and over a ridge to Bradley Lake at the foot of the Grand Teton. I could be in worse condition but I could certainly be better as well. I decided on taking my heavy camera and some sketching supplies and leaving behind my paint box and its 20# load of pastels. The weather was warm and I was glad for the decision even though the lake was even more beautiful than I had imagined, ringed as it is by 13,000' peaks that still held snow in mid-July. Of all the possibilities for a painting, this is the one that grabbed me the hardest - a shallow bay where untold ages of toppled timber have come to rest. There's a narrow gap leading to the main lake giving some distance perspective. My photos and sketches were enough to bring back all the memories I needed to create this rendition of Bradley Lake Shallows.

29th IAPS Juried Exhibition, International Association of Pastel Societies, Online, December, 2016
Andrew & Marbo Barnard Award, Pastels USA 2017, Pastel Society of the West Coast, Sept-Oct 2017, Fresno, California
Top 15 (August), Pastel Society of Colorado Calendar Competition, 2017
14th Annual Mile High National Pastel Exhibition, Pastel Society of Colorado, Parker, Colorado, 2018
Available at A. Banks Gallery, Missoula, MT.