Wallowa Lake in Joseph, OR, is a place of quiet beauty and awe. In the 19th century, Young Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Indian tribe took his people there in summer to hunt, fish, and live. The mountains encircling the lake provide a sense of protection and majesty unparalleled in depth, emotion, and color.
Sadly, this ancient land was taken from the Nez Perce people and passed into other hands. In the 20th century, however, the Nez Perce were able to acquire land nearby — not with the lake but still with the mountains — and they graciously allow all people to walk through this sacred territory and feel its peace.
It is an experience. One walks slowly through a wending trail, conscious always of the peaks overhead. There is much silence, broken only by a breeze through the trees, or a songbird creating a sound that Chief Joseph and his people would have heard. Seldom are we able to walk on land that looks the way it always has, and connect with people who have gone before us.
The painting Peace reminds us that quietude, stillness, reflection, and meditation are important elements to incorporate in our lives, and while we focus as a society on being busy and getting things done, an integral part of a healthy life is taking time to reflect, and to be embraced by Nature around us.
Chief Joseph was wise enough to know that the Wallowa Lake was not just an incredible hunting and fishing area. He recognized, and appreciated, that it was beautiful.
Peace, the Original Oil Painting by Steve Henderson, is available for purchase through the website. The 20 x 40 painting is accompanied by a gold frame that is free with purchase. Peace is also available as a Licensed Open Edition Print through Framed Canvas Art.
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