This Ben Hampton watercolor is a companion piece to
Winter Refuge, one of the artist's earliest paintings. In this realistic
landscape, March's last snow falls gently across a blue sky. But beneath
the blanket of white, the seeds of spring lie waiting to burst forth. Two
bluebirds nestle together on an old fencepost, seeking refuge under the twisted
honeysuckle vines. The detail of the weathered fence posts, wrapped with
ragged barbed wire, contrasts beautifully with the impressionistic vision of the
town in the distance.