Most of my biggest influences are no longer alive so you can imagine how special it was for me to spend an afternoon with Peter Fiore, a well-known, and very much alive landscape artist. Peter paints in and around the Delaware Water Gap. What attracted my attention to him was his amazing sense of light, texture and color. Even more interesting is his ability to revisit a place over and over again and create paintings that are fresh and unique. His White Pine Suite is an example of this. Although the subjects are the same, each painting is distinctive and adds a new interpretation.
The day after I met Peter I visited this little Birch forest before heading out to photograph the big waterfalls in the Delaware Water Gap. The weather was cold, gray and rainy which brought out the contrast of the white trees against their surroundings. My conversation with Peter the day before helped me see the importance of this place visually instead of just driving by it on the way to photograph something “better”. I think I’ll go back here regularly to see how the different seasons change this little forest.
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