In 1997 I painted a little plein air oil on location in Bear Island at Ace Basin, a wildlife refuge about an hour south of Charleston, South Carolina. Working from several photos of the area and using the plein air sketch, I came up with the finished painting. So yes, I do work from photographic reference - but no, I don't 'copy' a photograph. From both photo and plein air painting I took the idea of the shadows across the road and the dark trees with 'sky holes' and incorporated them into One Mile to Go.
The Road to Bear Island
6" x 4" painted on location in 1997
One Mile to Go
finished studio painting, 18" x 18"