I often comment that I am "not going to paint those darn mountains." Living in Central Oregon, and especially having a view of the wonderful Cascades, I am afraid I both take them for granted, and often despair that they are the subject matter that all tourists want to buy...but this scene of Mt. Hood, from Hood River (I was there recently and last year for the plein air paint out) was too majestic not to be painted. Mountains have their own challenges in painting...and I really felt both challenged and inspired painting this view. I remember the breathtaking view and how the mountain just seemed to overpower the foreground.