|The Black Rider
Approximately 45.0 x 65.0 cm, 1985
The 1987 Tolkien Calendar
This painting was inspired by the Bakshi movie, where the Hobbits cower under a tree root as the Black Rider seeks them. I thought it was the best scene in the movie, and it must have trod a path in my subconscious, as it certainly is nowhere to be found in the Fellowship of the Ring.
After a long hike on the West Coast Trail of Vancouver Island, I returned with exactly this photo - minus the hobbits and the Ringwraith, of course, and painted it for my own pleasure.