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Deception Cove

Deception Cove


Alden Mason

American, 1919 - 2013

Mason learned watercolor from Ray Hill, an older, established Northwest artist who Mason met as an undergraduate at the University of Washington. On a number of occasions, Hill invited Mason to paint with him at Deception Pass State Park, located west of where the artist was raised and a landscape Mason remains fond of to this day. It was a subject the artist painted in an earlier watercolor from 1951, titled Deception Pass. Travel, whether international or local, inspired Mason's work. Here, he offers an intimate view of a place he came to know well.
Oil on canvas
25 x 35 in. (63.5 x 88.9 cm)
Northwest Annual Purchase Fund
Not currently on view

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