Ohanapecosh River, a river rich with minerals flowing. Staining it, Coloring it.  A cool Cobalt Teal Blue. Water like ice, pure and bright.

“How do I know that?”

Been there, so many times.   Will you join me again?……


Ohanapecosh River abstract painting, teal glacier water, debi riley watercolor art
Ohanapecosh River, teal glacier waters, debiriley.com


Abstract River Painting – Cobalt Teal

I’ve walked along the paths. Hiked the slippery moss covered rocks upstream. Dangled my toes into the slushy ice waters and squealed.    I was younger.  I might do again, if I was there!


I love…….  painting from where I have been.

From the depths of my soul.  My memories surface.

This, gives Life and Spark and Breath to my art.

And for me,  will always trump the cold hard precision of ‘exact perfection.’



For even if… the painting itself is imperfect (ie Wabi Sabi);

The Breath breathed into the painting reflects back.

I feel then, the life beating within.  Heart and soul.

And, that remains –  one of my  most important painting goals.




The River

Ohanapecosh!     Oh – hannah- p’cosh.

That’s how we say it.

Its fun. Try it!


This is a tributary of the very large Cowlitz River in Lewis county, Washington state.

The Cowlitz, is itself a major tributary to the  massive river system, the Columbia River.

Ohanapecosh River lies on the southeast side of Mount Rainier,  in a deeply forested, untamed National Park.



Right in the epicenter of where I grew up, hiking, fishing, exploring the mountain’s mysteries.

Lewis County, Washington.






Can  You  Feel  It !?


a land of  a thousand greens

of ferns that dwarf a man

of bones and time

and mist and moss

a land of plunging falls

echoing down a thousand feet


magic haunts these forests

mysteries lay beneath the waters deep

where mastery is an illusion


and greens

reign supreme


a land of giants

and moss, mists and greens





I know,  this land.