80+ hours, digital painting in PSCS3 + Wacom Intuos 3 tablet + Referenced photos, life, and threw in some magic.
Painting of my mother for her 51st birthday, depicting herself on the Milford Track in NZ, the "Greatest Hike" of her life, as she says. I painted this mostly because her photographs stank - underexposed, spotty, and blurry. She deserved much better. Thanks must go out to many for their critiques on this piece, but I worked primarily under the tutelage of artist and mattepainter, Daniel Alekow. He helped me understand how to push depth in a landscape, and I exploited his trickery here.