Subject Tags: summer landscape, sunlight streaming, rivers and streams, contemporary landscape, rivers, brooks, new york, ithaca, investment art, classical painting, realism, trees, river rocks, waterfalls
Size: 40"W x 30"H x 0.75"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
This original oil on canvas painting is a luminous summer scene of lower Taughannock Creek, located in Ulysses, NY, just outside of Ithaca NY, along Cayuga Lake. It's the second large format piece I've painted based on this location. It's painted in a realist style in brown, white, green, yellow, violet, blue, old, cream, and gray tones.
This painting was inspired by frequent excursions along Cayuga Lake to visit Americana and Thirsty Owl Wineries. When driving north on Rt. 79, it’s only natural for a landscape painter to stop and visit Taughannock Falls State Park, as the park offers nearly two million years of fascinating topographic inspiration.
Taughannock Falls in Ulysses, New York, has a drop of 215 feet--the highest falls east of the Rocky Mountains, and was created by Mother Nature during the Ice Age (Pleistocene Epoch), which ended around 11,700 years ago.
In geological terms, the area is defined as a “hanging Valley,” which is a valley carved out by a small tributary glacier that joins with a valley carved out by a much larger glacier. A hanging valley is a shallow valley carved by a small glacier and thus the elevation of the valley floor is "hanging" high above the elevation of the valley floor carved out by the larger glacier.
Painter Hall Groat II, professor and chairman of Art and Design at SUNY Broome Community College, teaches foundation courses in painting, drawing, color theory, and computer graphics. Groat earned a master of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from City University of New York at Brooklyn, a bachelor of arts in art history, minoring in studio art at Binghamton University, and attended graduate and certificate programs at Buffalo State College, Syracuse University, and Savannah College of Art and Design. He also attended summer sessions at Chautauqua School of Art, Chautauqua, NY, and Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt. Groat has had one-person exhibitions at Everson Museum of Art, Roberson Museum of Art, Finger Lakes Community College, Cazenovia College, Jasper Rand Art Museum, Lemoyne College, Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, and Washington and Jefferson College, and has participated in dozens of group shows throughout the United States. In 2004 Groat was included in the Roberson Museum Center's exhibition, “The Cosmos and Chaos: a Cultural Paradox,” with artists Lucian Freud, Eric Fischl, Jerome Witkin and several other contemporary artists. His work is included in private and public collections internationally, including Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, Clear Channel Communications, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cellular One, House and Garden, LTD., Sheraton Hotel Corporation, Binghamton University, Everson Museum of Art, Munson-Williams Proctor Institute of Art, The State University of New York system, Roberson Museum and Science Center and Washington Jefferson College.