This painting was a Christmas gift for my little brother, David, in 2010. I painted it from a photo my husband took in Portland.
"Cyclist on a Bridge" Acrylic on canvas, 24x36"
We were biking over the floating bridge that runs along the Willamette River. It's part of a 10-mile loop along part of the Springwater Corridor Trail in the city. David ran with us. The figure in the painting is my mom.
My brothers and I grew up in Portland and now we're all living elsewhere and missing it very much. I thought this was a good painting to share with David. There's even a bit of his beloved Rose Garden (home of the Trail Blazers!) in the background.
I generally prefer oil over acrylic, but in this case I didn't have time to wait for oils to dry. I enjoyed working with all those arching bridges and freeways in the background and with the murky greys in the water and sky that are so characteristic of Portland.