Along the Grand Wash

A primitive dirt road through the area known as the Grand Wash offers easy access and close-up views of the amazing rock formations in Capitol Reef National Park. Located in the heart of Utah’s red-rock country, a remarkable geologic wrinkle on the earth—known as the “Waterpocket Fold”—extends almost 100 miles and is filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and natural bridges.

In addition to its majestic scenic, Capitol Reef has a rich cultural history. Mormon pioneers settled the area in the 1800s. I made this watercolor painting in my studio, based on an earlier field study from this spectacular setting.

The original acrylic painting was sold to a private collector by an art gallery in St. George, Utah.

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This painting and all reproductions of it are © Bernard Marks. No unauthorized use is permitted. All rights reserved.