Ha Ha Tonka Bluff, Original Pastel
Crafted using the finest quality pastels (highly pigmented, low dust, lightfast) on archival 140lb paper shipped flat with glassine paper covering.
Signed by the artist.
Art Size: 12”x9”
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About the image:
I spend a good deal of time in the Lake of the Ozarks. One of the most picturesque areas is Ha Ha Tonka State Park. Cliff Overlooking Lake is drawn from the balcony of the stone ruins of the Robert Snyder’s mansion located in this park.
In the early 1900s, the wealthy Kansas City businessman purchased 5,000 acres that included a spring-fed lake. He selected a site on the rocky summit above for his retirement home, saying, “I will fish and loaf and explore the caves of these hills, with no fear of intrusion.”
But just as imported Scottish stone masons began work on his dream, Snyder died in 1906 in one of the state’s first automobile fatalities. His sons finished the home, but it was gutted by fire in 1942. The stone skeleton of Snyder’s European-style castle sits like a rock sculpture, with a sweeping view of the Lake of the Ozarks far below.