Friday, May 15, 2009

Large Scale Paintings of Zion Result From the Thomas Moran Paint-out

I am still overcome by the experience of painting en plein air during the week-long invitational "In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran." What a grand experience that was to let my senses soak in the grandeur of that wonderful place. After returning to the studio, while still under Zion's spell, I produced a couple of really large landscape paintings in an attempt to capture the glory of the place called "Zion."

Morning Light on the Sentinel Zion National Park painting by Roland Lee

I both sketched and painted this scene of Zion's Sentinel on location in Zion Canyon. However I really wanted to dramatize it in a big way. This was completed in my studio from my on-location studies. Click for information about this painting

Not feeling like I was capturing the scale of Zion's huge cliffs, I went even larger with this painting of sheer cliffs in the afternoon light along Taylor Creek in the Kolob Canyons section of Zion Park. It is a portrait of the sculpting that goes on daily as Zion is carved and shaped by the master sculptor. Click for more information about this painting.


  1. So beautiful. YOur paintings are just stunning.
    Can't be a better place to live and paint!. Some day we may retire there. I have a sister and brother in St George. Sigh

  2. Never had a thumbnail take my breath away before ... wow!

  3. Beautiful paintings!