In this original artwork for sale, Mackenzie Thorpe shows a small child, sitting at the very edge of a dock. He is holding his fishing rod and has caught a very small fish. The child is depicted in Thorpe’s signature style with large, sturdy shoes and little to no distinguishable characteristics. Thorpe wants the audience to be able to picture themselves in this image or someone that they may know, regardless of race, age, or background. He is meant to represent every child. We can think back to the first time we caught a fish or the first time that we made any sort of achievement. He wants us to reflect on that moment and remember the feeling.
The dock protrudes over a body of water; It is very small in comparison to the natural surroundings. At first glance, this image feels somber, still and meditative as the figure sits in isolation. It is actually a representation of hope. It shows that even on the darkest days or when we feel most alone, like the figure on the dock, we can still find love and joy or accomplish our goals. To appreciate the light in the world, we must also have an understanding of the darkness. Thorpe firmly believes that we must go through the hardships to be able to appreciate the joys in life.
The details in this piece are spectacular, as the hills gently roll in the background. They come to life and the stunning foliage frames the central figure. This piece exemplifies Thorpe’s artistic talents and his more painterly style. He expertly blends the pastels, giving the hills a sense of dimension. The soft transitions between the layers highlight the depth of the scene. This artwork sharply contrasts Thorpe’s more figurative or graphic compositions where he works in only black and white with pops of red. Mackenzie Thorpe has an incredible range of styles and compositions within his oeuvre.
This artwork is an excellent example of Thorpe’s artistic talents as his work is honest and immediate. He uses his hands as extensions of the pastel sticks to blend the stunning green and yellow tones in an effortless manner. He depicts exactly what he is feeling in the moment, capturing the essence of our human existence. This iconic Mackenzie Thorpe artwork, along with several other artworks, is available for sale at the Marcus Ashley Gallery in South Lake Tahoe. The gallery invites you to visit and share your love of art with them, explore the great wilderness of the Sierras, and find yourself at a home away from home.