“The Last Ridgeline” 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 features a scene that brought tears to my eyes: the final ridge of mountains before the descent to first Taylor Lake and then to the trail’s terminus. “The Last Ridgeline” depicts a perfect bluebird morning in the mountains, as puffy white clouds drift lazily overhead against a brilliant blue sky. In the foreground, the trail meanders through a grassy meadow. The focus of the piece is the eponymous row of mountains–impressively sharp gray peaks dotted with a few residual patches of snow.
“The Last Ridgeline” measures 30”x15” 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.
The Last Ridgeline
30"x15" needle-felted, 100% wool landscape in a distressed black frame.