32" x 32" framed. Artist Comments: I made my first overnight trip into the canyon country of southern Utah in 1989. I had never slept outside before that trip and had never been so far off the beaten path with only myself, the supplies in my backpack, and my companions to rely on for survival during the week we planned to be in the canyons. Complicating our first evening in the field was a warning, delivered by a chaperone who stopped by our camp to inquire if we'd seen anyone else, to look out for a wayward and troubled teenager who had run off from an Outward Bound style backpacking trip that was base camped a mile or so away. I retired to my tent that night thinking I might have made a serious mistake in agreeing to come on this trip. Exhaustion finally overcame trepidation and I drifted off to sleep. The next morning I awakened to a strange and unexpected exhilaration as a vista similar to this painting unfolded before me. The first light of the springtime sun was just making its way into the canyon and the whole place was positively glowing with the warm oranges, reds, and pinks of the sandstone as the light bounced around the canyon. I was awestruck. And while I discovered this vista hundreds of miles from that first campsite and decades later, I was immediately struck by nostalgia as I watched the light of dawn stream into this place much as it had on my first morning in the desert. That first trip into the desert was the spark that ignited my abiding interest in desert landscapes - an interest that would lead me to choose a career as a painter. In many ways, though I was unaware of it at the time, that morning, and that trip, were profoundly life changing for me. Published in Forbes article "Along the Distant Mesa: Showcases Work and Influence of Maynard Dixon. by Chadd Scott, March 6, 2019.