I've been spending some time in the Delta region of Mississippi lately, painting. This painting was painted on location in the Tallahatchie National Wildlife Refuge in mid February 2016 with some other painter friends. It was a very overcast, rather heavy gray day, the day we painted there. I decided to work with just the shapes of the lowest portions of the cypress trees, and the simple strip of the shore in the distance, showing between their shapes. It immediately reminded me of the notan like black and white paintings of Franz Kline. The naturalist in me wouldn't let the painting stay that simple, but in it I think that I've managed to achieve my goal with out including All of the details that were in front of me.