“True love goes on and on forever, like the rising and the setting of the sun, It’s a light that never goes out”. -Mackenzie Thorpe
In this Mackenzie Thorpe original artwork for sale, two small figures, a man and his black and white dog, are sitting in a rowboat on a calm body of water. The man is fishing, with his rod cast next to the boat and while the dog keeps watch. The hills and greenery reflect beautifully in the still water, as the sun peeks out from above the treeline. Although the scenery is stunning, the image has a sense of solitude and stillness because the figures are completely alone, surrounded by nature. It has an overwhelming feeling of peace, calm, and even self reflection.
This piece was inspired by the Shenandoah National Park, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the state of Virginia. Perhaps this is a view from the skyline drive, the main road that traverses the ridgeline of the mountains. The range of colors perfectly captures the light from the sun over the river. Is the pair just setting out at sunrise or are they finishing up a successful day of fishing at sunset? Thorpe likes to leave these details up to the interpretation of the viewers so that they can more intimately engage with the artwork.
This piece is particularly interesting in Thorpe oeuvre as it exemplifies his more painterly style. The gorgeous range of pastel tones in this piece are not seen in many of his other more graphic or figurative compositions. His work is honest and immediate, with little planning ahead of time. He uses his hands and fingers as extensions of the pastel sticks. In this piece, he expertly blends the subtle pastel tones with his hands, achieving soft transitions between the hills, the water, and the sunset. The urgency that he draws with allows him to express and capture the emotion he is experiencing at that exact moment.
Thorpe’s paintings are rooted in authenticity, they express a universal message of love and hope that every viewer can relate to. The breathtaking evergreen trees surrounding the quiet lake in this image are very similar to the foliage you will see in and around Lake Tahoe where Marcus Ashley Gallery is located. In addition to several Mackenzie Thorpe artworks for sale, Marcus Ashley Gallery exhibits over 40 of the most iconic artists of our time. The gallery has been locally owned and operated for 18 years, providing luxury customer service, as well as any recommendations for upcoming community events.