“Durango-Silverton Railroad” is based on a scene from my journey along the Colorado Trail in the summer of 2017. For three and a half weeks, I backpacked from Denver to Durango, walking in forests, near alpine lakes, and over rocky passes. I enjoyed watching marmots and picas play amongst the rocks, and big horn sheep and mule deer graze the hillsides. I woke to bright blue skies every morning, and thunderstorms crashed around me every afternoon. The journey was a meditation on the majesty of nature, and it was truly a spectacular experience.
This felting is of a landscape found near the western end of the trail, after the trail descends the Elk Creek drainage to cross the Animas River. As the trail crosses the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, hikers looking back toward the Grenadier Range are treated to a view of Mount Garfield rising dramatically in the distance.
“Durango-Silverton Railroad” measures 24″x18” and has been professionally framed in a distressed black frame. It is signed, and a sticker on the back provides the felting’s title and year of completion.
24"x18" needle-felted, 100% wool landscape in a textured frame.