Absorbed in her bucolic surroundings and late afternoon sunlight, Hope is captured in vivid tones of yellow and green. A gentle vignette of softly focused vegetation frames this landscape nude. Sometimes a serene location lies just a stone’s throw from the road. The sounds of civilization fading in the distance, it felt like stepping through a portal to a different planet, full of lush yellow flowering plants waiting to be explored. A perfect sunset sauntered through the organic inhabitants of this space, swallowed by the wild, in a perpetual cycle of blossoming and decaying.
The image portrays a spontaneous moment that seems at once fleeting and timeless. This seems a moment that has vanished in time. Although, like a play on a stage, it’s also an illusion of something that never occurred. This composition celebrates a sense of discovery by mixing a lush scene with the body in an exploration of light, color, and movement. This fictional world draws the view into the landscape nude by presenting a reality that is convincingly like our own, only more appealing. In this image we live forever in this frozen moment, a feeling of perfect timing, a concept that exists only in our minds.
The composition emphasizes her relation to nature in several ways. The cropping does not center on her nude body. The woman is only partially shown and there is plenty of space around her figure. She interacts with her surroundings through her outstretched hand. Her other hand, poised to move, and gaze in the same direction, imply her intentions to further engage with the environment.
This artwork has sold to collectors in Belgium, Canada, and the United States. This scene in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is comparable to a limited edition art nude photograph of the same woman at the ocean.