Winter at Shining Rock, 2021
Through the thick shadowy moss forests, and across the soaring alpine woodlands - across the mighty highland balds, and over the ridgeline boulders, sits a sacred quartz megalith known as the Shining Rock ledges. Shining Rock is the colonial name for this land, although the natives know it by a different name - Datsu'nălâsgûñ'yĭ - and considered it a powerful site. Any intrepid explorers who trek far enough into the mountains to this potent landscape will immediately know of its brilliant energy. Shining Rock has been called the sacred heart of the Great Balsam Mountains where it has sat and stunned humans for thousands of generations.
"Winter at Shining Rock" depicts this incredible landscape at a time when it is most inaccessable. While the easier trailhead sits not far from the Blue Ridge Parkway, during winter time, the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed, and one must ascend some 3000 feet across a 4+ mile incline just to reach this destination. This is a journey for those who believe in matter beyond what we perceive in the physical, and are prepared to face the intense winter conditions the high altitudes present. One who is sensitive to energy will find this place tickling every single chakra, vibrating their very soul, where interdimensional energy enters our entire being and might re-install a new sense of purpose within our human vessel.
This 10" x 12" digital painting is intended to show the blistering magic of this incredible place. The layout of the art represents the ledges of Shining Rock as close to reality as I could, with some mystical embellishments to communicate the feeling of this quartz vortex atop the mighty mountains of western North Carolina.
Software used: Adobe Photoshop, painted digitally with a Wacom tablet