The title of this series borrows phrases used by television painting instructor Bob Ross, who is beloved for creating friendly, inspirational, and entirely hypothetical landscapes.
In the American West, humble murals and billboards awkwardly depict what the land majestically offers. In some of these photographs there is a direct reproduction of the landscape, expressing a sort of hometown pride while implying that a duplicate in picture form is needed to make us notice where we are.
In other photographs the locational context is excluded, making them feel more like Ross’ hypothetical scenes; some of these murals depict with relative accuracy the surrounding environs, and others illustrate a far-off paradise. Ultimately, the pictorial versions of these places are comforting and safe, reducing the sublime down to an unintimidating series of happy little clouds.