Graveyard Fields
       
     
Pamlico
       
     
Water Timpani II
       
     
Purple Deceiver
       
     
In the Beginning
       
     
Breathing Ground I
       
     
Breathing Ground II
       
     
Along the Path
       
     
Graveyard Fields
       
     
Graveyard Fields

24" x 48" x 3", Mixed media on deep wood panel

It’s a flat mountain valley just off the Blue Ridge Parkway surrounded by mountains like Black Balsam Knob, Tennent Mountain, and Sam Knob. The day we hiked the goldenrod was already evident as were the wild blueberries and many people left carrying overflowing hats, pails, and milk jugs.

The boardwalks keep the trail elevated in areas that tend to flood though you are at 5,000 feet elevation. The Park Service history says the name may have come from a windstorm fell that downed hundreds of trees or extensive logging in the early 1900’s. Either way the stumps eventually resembled moss-covered graves. Later fires devastated the entire valley, apparently heating the soil enough to sterilize it so that plants had difficulty growing. Now some trees, shrubs, and grasslands are slowly thriving. It is a ghostly landscape, but an enriching one as well.

Pamlico
       
     
Pamlico

23" x 17" x 3", Mixed media collage painting on deep wood panel

Houses are barely visible in the distance, but an array of grasses line the banks and birds circle, and boats make noise nearby.   But the life underneath, what we do not see above the water and mud is also important.

 

Water Timpani II
       
     
Water Timpani II

18" x 15" x 3", mixed media on deep wood panel with attached panel

Water makes melodious sounds whether strong and beating or silent as a whisper.

You can find this painting in person or online at Fine Art at Baxter's, http://www.fineartatbaxters.com/store/c191/Patricia_Raible.html

 

Purple Deceiver
       
     
Purple Deceiver

16" x 20" x 3", mixed media on deep wood panel

Sometimes looking down is a good thing. We don't miss the small, important things along the path.

 

You can find this painting in person or online at Fine Art at Baxter's, http://www.fineartatbaxters.com/store/c191/Patricia_Raible.html

In the Beginning
       
     
In the Beginning

36" x 36" x 3", mixed media on deep wood panel

My view of the natural world is both out of focus and a bit detailed and geometric—an emotional and visual approach at the same time.

You can find this painting in person or online at Fine Art at Baxter's, http://www.fineartatbaxters.com/store/c191/Patricia_Raible.html

Breathing Ground I
       
     
Breathing Ground I

35.5" x 15" x 3", mixed media on wood panel with niche

When we view the marshes do we only see tree stumps, grasses and a few birds? What about the life below the water?

Breathing Ground II
       
     
Breathing Ground II

35.5" x 15" x 3", mixed media on deep wood panel with niche

When we ride over a bridge to the beach area, we don't always think of the importance of that area. We see grasses, stumps, mud. But the life underneath, what we do not see above the waterline, that is also important.

Along the Path
       
     
Along the Path

20" x 30" x 3", mixed media on wood panel with niche and found object

As we rush down the sandy path to waves, do we notice the flowers, the palms, or the vacant beach chair?