“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination” -Roman Payne
Hawksbill Crag, 24X18 Oil on Canvas.
I was fifteen years old. It was a cold, overcast, and there was snow on the ground that March day I moved to the Ozarks. Leaving the warm spring of Galveston, Texas wearing a tee shirt, I wasn't a happy camper. Little did I know it would be one of the best days of my life.
I love the Ozarks. I love its rugged hills, valleys and crystal-clear streams. I love its clear blue sky and it's green, green forests. The Ozarks molded me, intoxicated me, and seduced me. I’ve moved around, but I’ve never moved out of the Ozarks. I never will.
I’ve been photographing, painting and drawing the INCREDIBLE OZARKS since my high school years. Now I want to share it with you. Join me on a journey, both back in time and into the future, as I share with you "My Ozarks" in future blog posts, on my website and through social media.
Let' start the adventure at Hawksbill Crag at the very head of the Buffalo National River, in NW Arkansas. Hawk's Bill Point is a small rocky point where you can overlook the entire headwaters of the Buffalo River. If you hike a couple hundred yards you can get this dramatic view of the point and the overhang. It is at least a hundred feet to the ground below. This painting is based on a photograph taken in the early 1980's and recreated as a painting in 2013.