Warmed by the View
A popular question from collectors is “Who would build a campfire that close to a cliff?” Artist Stephen Lyman answers this question quite simply, “I did.” An avid adventurer, Lyman lived his paintings and “Warmed by the View” is no exception. Never one to pick level, comfortable camp sites, Lyman preferred more dramatic, unique locations where he could enjoy 360 degrees of landscape view.
It’s difficult to name one signature piece with artists as talented and prolific as Lyman. Certainly his series of campfire paintings qualify, and “Warmed by the View” is one of the crowning jewels in that series. This cliff edge above Yosemite Falls is a typical camping spot for Lyman. “Fortunately,” he would say, “it’s hard to go sleepwalking when zipped in a sleeping bag.”