Dhaulagiri from the South

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Alexander painted this peak in anticipation of his next expedition to climb in Nepal in the post monsoon season of 2014. This piece was painted from a photograph taken the world renound climber Reinhold Messner. The piece seeks to translate into paint the feeling of a celestial mountain rising above the distant jungle haze. In only painting the fluted snowfields of the mountain itself Alexander seeks to paint the light refracted in the air, not the mountain in its wholeness.

The Dhaulagiri massif in Nepal extends 120 km from the Kaligandaki River west to the Bheri. This massif is enclosed on the north and southwest by tributaries of the Bheri and on the southeast by Myagdi Khola. Dhaulagiri I at 8,167 meters ranks seventh among Earth's fourteen peaks over eight thousand meters. It was first climbed on May 13, 1960 by a Swiss/Austrian/Nepali expedition. The mountain's name is धौलागिरी (dhaulāgirī) in Nepali. This comes from Sanskrit where धवल (dhawala) means dazzling, white, beautiful and गिरि (giri) means mountain. Dhaulagiri I is also the highest point of the Gandaki river basin.