Greater Forces

2014

Standing on the rim of Kilauea caldera at night, I watch and listen. My view of Halemaʻumaʻu crater is unobstructed, and the crimson-hued gases undulate steadily out of the erupting vent. Suddenly the plume explodes into enormous, billowing clouds that fill the sky above the crater. My heart pounds. I’m transfixed.

Original painting size: 18in. × 24in.