Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2017 - 47
Facing page upper: "Virgin
Cumberland" puts the complexity
of the forest into scale, including a
Facing page lower: In some lighting conditions great stands of
rhododendrons shine like silver, as
in "Backlighted Grove."
Above left: Lowell Hayes often
"paints" with pieces of collected
bark and other natural materials.
In "Hemlock with Red Lichen" tree
trunks extend past the canvas.
Above right: "Three in the Sky"
shows the early effects of damage
from the hemlock woolly adelgid,
an insect pest that has invaded the
Left: The magnificent "Snow Frozen On," seven feet wide and nearly
10 feet high, showcases the artist's
intense dedication to the forest in
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