‘Snowy Hillside’

Oil on Canvas 9″ X 12″

The white-on-white world of winter snow.

I’d been wanting to play with all the colours reflected in the whiteness;

this gentle and peaceful hillside, on an all-white winter day,

gave me the perfect canvas and palette.


The gentle and graceful, simple and harmonious geometry of the oval appeared to me as an apt

symbol of that inexpressible wonder we feel at the

stillness and beauty of nature on such a soft snowful day.


These trees are small Douglas Firs. The ridge that they are growing on is made up almost entirely of pure sand, with some pockets of small gravel,

all sorted and laid down by streams that flowed in icy tunnels within the

glacier when the last ice age shaped this valley, and left behind when it retreated around 10,000 years ago.


~Barbara Brown, from Volume I, SYLVAN REFLECTIONS, Wanderings, Paintings & Ponderings From the Forest, Page 67