Evening on Mount Rainier
A native of Los Angeles, D. Michael McCarthy received his B.F.A. from Fontbonne College in St. Louis in 1973 and began a career as a landscape painter. He spends the winter in his studio in Sedona, Arizona, but the rest of the year on a "visual odyssey" during which he gathers the drawings and watercolor sketches that are the basis for his canvas works. His influences include Jacob van Ruisdael, George Inness, and the Hudson River School artists of whom he says, "It's as though Moran, Bierstadt, Church, Thomas Hill and the rest were my friends." Their impact is obvious in paintings like this in which McCarthy explores the majesty of the American West.