In July of 2006 my husband and I went to Alaska. One of the highlights of our trip was a bus tour of Denali National Park. The park is abundant with wildlife - black and grizzly bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep wolves, fox and birds. The park is also the home of Mt. McKinley. But the most outstanding memory for me is Polychrome Mountain. I was awed by the shape and colors present in the natural rock. They were even more vivid in the pictures I took with my husband's new digital camera at 10x magnification. My immediate reaction was, "I must weave this."
I came home and played with the picture in PhotoShop Elements enhancing the hue and saturation, but as a new tapestry weaver the project seemed too difficult for me to undertake. So I put that aside and worked on other projects.
In June of 2008 I attended HGA Convergence in Tampa, Florida. I stayed on for the American Tapestry Alliance Retreat and took a 3 day workshop with tapestry artist Joan Baxter. The workshop was titled Designing From a Landscape. It was the perfect opportunity to begin designing and working on this tapestry.