The artwork, West of The Dalles, depicts a scene viewed from the grounds of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center on the West side of the city. The view is from atop a set of low cliffs forming the southern edge of the Gorge. Here, yellow grassy slopes give way to the blues of the river. Across the river, steep cliffs form the northern wall of the Gorge. Stacked layers of weathered basalts, covered with gold and brown grasses and scrub brush create a patchwork of rusty red, orange and gold.
The artwork “View from Maryhill” is derived from photos and sketches taken from the Maryhill Museum’s open decking overlooking the Columbia River and the Maryhill Orchards below. A panoramic scene allows the viewer to take in the steep drop-off of the north-side cliffs and the orchards below. Across the river the southern cliffs of the gorge shoot upward, and beyond is an expanse encompassing the dry ecosystems of the Central Oregon deserts.
Skye is known for its temperamental weather, ocean fogs, and abundant rainfall, but the sun does occasionally shine. Skye View captures the island’s mountains on one of these sunny days.