This painting is named after the Mesabi Range in northern Minnesota, where I grew up. The area has a history of mining iron ore in large open pit mines.
The top part of the painting is inspired by this mining process with it's tiered contours. The above image is an old post card showing a large mine. I'm sure the environmental damage was not even considered decades ago.
Look at the colors of this old photo. The red oxide of the iron ore colors the earth. Old mines often filled with water creating even new lakes in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. I tried to incorporate this color palette in the painting.
Of course, you don't have to know any of this to enjoy the painting with it's luminous colors and textures.
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