This painting was originally a school project--a study of Albert Bierstadt's piece, "Sunrise on the Matterhorn". It was a painting I did winter quarter (my third master study attempt), and I stopped working on it soon after the quarter ended. When I went to NYC with my classmates I saw the real painting at the Metropolitan Museum and was inspired to finish my study--but with some pony improvements.
Oil on panel. 16" x 20" (40.6cm x 50.8cm)
This painting is being donated to the Everfree Northwest charity auction.
Was about to post that link, but I see you covered it.
I was at EFNW last year, and watched the whole auction. The bids crossed $1000 in the first minute, and went up from there quickly. The guy I was sitting next to was the winning bidder, and he was literally crying tears of joy when the gavel was struck. I think the rep from the hospital was right behind him too. I think she was a bit shocked at just how much money was raised in that short amount of time.
I was actually that guy next to you by the way. And yeah I got a bit emotional... It meant a lot to me to win. Cosmic's work had a lot of sentimental value to me. I had no idea the Rep was sitting behind me though. Nice to meet you though.
Wow, what a small world indeed! I know this is a long way back, but congratulations again on nabbing that item! I had the feeling that the painting held a lot of personal value for you, so my wife and I were very happy to see you emerge victorious.
Will you be attending EFNW again this year? If so, perhaps we'll cross paths again!