"The Rocket Under Pike's Peak"

by Michael Boss
Alkyd on Linen
14" X 18"
From the Collection of Dyrek & Christian Ayre, Hays, Kansas

When staying with friends in Colorado Springs, I noticed what appeared to be a railroad grade to the north of their house. As it happens, it was the line from downtown Colorado Springs to Limon.

With gouache in hand, I went on the grade and looking west toward Pike's Peak, I painted a small study. Three years later, I did the painting of the "boxy" Rocket headed toward Limon.