Squall Over Pikes Peak

Colorado thunderstorms are a magnificent display of nature’s power and beauty. The state experiences an impressive array of thunderstorms throughout the year. These storms are characterized by dark, billowing clouds that roll across the sky, often accompanied by intense lightning strikes and deep rumbling thunder.  These wonders of nature rarely occur in coastal California, where I live.

I was recently visiting family and friends in Colorado, and during a morning walk witnessed a squall coming in directly over Pikes Peak.  Pikes Peak, dominating the skyline around Colorado Springs, and one of the most famous peaks in the Rocky Mountains, stands tall at an elevation of 14,115 feet (4,302 meters).  It was a scene begging to be painted, so I did a piece back in the home studio.

Squall Over Pikes Peak, 24×18, oil on canvas

I have done a number of cloud paintings over the years, and never quite satisfied with them. This one, I think, is a step in the right direction, but as usual might touch it up in the future.

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