“Twilight in the Garden of the Gods”, ca. 1920 | 35x40 - oil on canvas

Francis Drexel Smith’s painting is set in Garden of the Gods, near Colorado Springs. The piece places the viewer outside the scene, looking down between two large silhouetted stone outcroppings into the blue distance of the valley and mountains. Smith creates a moment of magic at dusk or twilight using the atmosphere and the grandeur of the unusual geologic elements, enticing the viewer to enter the scene.