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Carol Herzer: Mount St. Helens Paintings  

Paintings of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens showing the mountain at various stages, a realistic and at the same time visionary view of the mountain exploding, the crater, the dramatic clouds. Mount St. Helens erupted on Sunday morning, May 18, 1980. Soon it will be the 25 the anniversary of the Mount Saint Helens explosion.

All images are copyright by Carol Herzer.

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Spirit Lake

Spirit Lake

Acrylic on watercolor paper, 12 x 16 inches. Mt. St. Helens and Spirit Lake, the mountain is pushing upward, signs of the coming eruption are already recognizable.

 

Spirit Lake Awaits

Spirit Lake Awaits

Acrylic on watercolor paper, 12 x 16 inches. Plumes of steam warned of the coming eruption.

 

Spirit Lake Fire

Spirit Lake Fire

Acrylic on watercolor paper, 12 x 18 inches. A portrait of the mountain at sunset, the fire within is building.

 

Spirit Lake Disappearing

Spirit Lake Disappearing

Acrylic on watercolor paper, 12 x 18 inches. The earlier part of the eruption, before the entire side of the mountain blew out. The ash color of Spirit Lake makes it look like it is disappearing into the gray.

 

Mt. St. Helens 3

Mt. St. Helens 3

Acrylic on watercolor paper, 14 x 20 inches. I painted many similar views of the eruption of St. Helens, to keep them all sorted out they are numbered. Here black ash is starting to overcome the white snow.

 

Mt St. Helens 5

Mt St. Helens 5

This is a very large painting, 50 x 70 inches, acrylic on canvas.

 

Moun St. Helens 2 

Mt St. Helens 2

Acrylic on watercolor paper,  12 x 16 inches. The ash cloud is starting to be carried away, taking the ash to other places.

 

Mt. St. Helens 1

Mt. St. Helens 1

Acrylic on watercolor paper, 12 x 16 inches.

 

Mt. St. Helens Close Up

Mt. St. Helens Close Up

Acrylic on watercolor paper, 12 x 16 inches.

 

St. Helens Aftermath, Steam in the Crater

St. Helens Aftermath, Steam in the Crater

Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 36 inches.

 

St. Helens Aftermath, Crater Flow

St. Helens Aftermath, Crater Flow

Acrylic on canvas 40 x 60 inches.

 

Aftermath Green Crater

Aftermath Green Crater

Acrylic on canvas

 

St. Helens Eruption, Close Up Clouds

St. Helens Eruption, Close Up Clouds

Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches.

Many more canvases are to come, as soon as the weather permits and I am able to photograph them!

All of my Mt. St. Helens paintings were done in the early 1980's, not long after the eruption. I grew up in Seattle, and one of the very first things I ever painted was Mt. Rainier, which we could see very well from our home. Mt. St. Helens was also visible, but a small peak in the distance. I never got to go there. At the time St. Helens erupted I had just moved into a big loft in Soho, in New York City. I decided to paint the mountain, why not, I could choose any subject I wished. This is a large group of paintings, with some smaller pieces on watercolor paper, but many of the canvases are very big. As soon as I can get to it they will appear on these pages!

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