Artist: Stephen Lyman Title: Lake of the Shining Rocks Image Size: 40" x 27". Edition: Edition not to exceed 75. Signed by Andrea Lyman. Medium: Giclee on Canvas About the Edition: “When this lake was named Tenaya Lake, after the last chief of the Ahwahneechee Indians, that tribe already had its own name for it,” wrote Stephen Lyman. “For generations, they had been calling Pyweak (Pie-wee-ack), which means Lake of the Shining Rocks. It’s a very beautiful place where a lot of people go in the summertime, but by October everybody’s back at school or back at work.
“I really enjoy painting light, trees, rocks, water and reflections. I love those elements and I love walking over the rock in Yosemite. This is a scene that just invites you to step onto that slope, even though it’s not level. It’s asking you to keep your balance and open your senses as fully as you can. Walking over that rock puts you in touch with nature … with all of life, really.”
About the Artist: Artist Stephen Lyman was well known for his epic landscape paintings featuring mountain ranges, broad rivers and valleys, and often the wildlife that make their home in each terrain. Steller Autumn is an intimate portrait of one landscape (a tree) and its inhabitants, Steller's blue jays. In order to capture the intricate details of the scene, Stephen concentrated on one area of a maple tree. The Steller's blue jays are seated contentedly among the glowing maple leaves. As the dark boughs spread upward and outward, the golden leaves and a handful of sky-blue birds remain, imbuing the painting with a sense of closeness and comfort. Artist Stephen Lyman specialized in painting the most elusive moments in nature and no piece better showcases his abilities than Steller Autumn.
Lyman’s first limited edition print was published by The Greenwich Workshop in 1983. In subsequent years, he was a frequent participant in the prestigious international “Birds in Art” show at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. He was invited to be “Artist of the Year” at the 1991 Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show and then received the rare honor of being invited back as an “Encore Artist” at the 1995 event. Stephen Lyman actively shared the wonder of the natural world with a legion of collectors until his untimely death in 1996. He had been recently named one of the top artists in the country by U.S. Art magazine and his book, Into the Wilderness: An Artist’s Journey, was published to unanimous acclaim in the autumn of 1995.
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