Heart of a Romantic
I have recently returned from a long distance walk in England’s Lake District. With each footstep, I found myself echoing the past, as romantic poets and painters like Wordsworth and Constable found the area so inspirational to their reverent philosophy toward nature. Even Hudson River School painter Sanford Gifford painted there, soaking in the divinely picturesque and rugged landscape. This painting, “Derwent Water”, looks toward Borrowdale, thought to be the most central location to English Romanticism, embodying the sublime wonder of the natural world.
To walk such ground two hundred years after these famed creative souls, to still feel the pull of the landscape and the sanctuary it offers, as been a great gift indeed, and deepens my foundation as a modern day romantic landscape painter.