One of my friends flies helicopters in Afghanistan. While flying troops and supplies to forward bases, he takes photos that he often posts to Facebook. His pictures are stunning, including the one I used as a reference for this painting, which is of a fertile valley at the foothills of the Tora Bora mountains.
I had wanted to paint this picture for a while, and this weekend, I finished a small acrylic painting on canvas.
My friend travels a lot, so I figured that if he doesn’t hang this painting on a wall in his home in Whistler, it should be small enough for him to fit in his backpack, so he can hang it somewhere in his barracks in Jalalabad.