I just love Upstate NY, where the days are often gloomy. The fall and winter landscapes are so gorgeous and most of my paintings try to capture that beauty. I took the original photo for this painting driving the back roads from Ilion to New Hartford, NY. The day was hazy and cool; the perfect day for a drive. As I approached this scene, it suddenly captured all of my attention and I knew instantly it would be a wonderful painting of a beautiful place to go.