Welcome to my gallery of Pacific Northwest illustrations.
My husband and I often hike the trails near Portland and have found so many incredible spots I decided to recreate some of them as vector art. The first one I did was Junction Lake, in the middle of Indian Heaven Wilderness (which is truly heavenly) near Mt. Adams in Southwest Washington. The reflections that day were incredible . . . I tried to capture some of that same intensity with my digital program. I loved the look, so now I’m working on more … there are so many incredible places to choose from it would take me forever to do them all, I’m choosing some of the best.
These are all digital illustrations so they can be enlarged as big as you want. You can purchase these as as prints or as a variety of products like pillows, coffee cups, notecards, etc., at my site on Society6: https://society6.com/christinerains
Thanks for visiting!
Silver Star Mountain
The most magnificent display of wildflowers ever. Near Mt Adams in Southwest Washington. That’s Mt St Helens and Mt Rainier in the background. And my lovely daughter stopping to check out the shooting stars.
Rock Lake, Washington
Another totally beautiful lake, this is in the Indian Heaven Wilderness and it truly is heavenly. But buggy. This rock path is only visible in late summer or fall when it’s dry. The path isn’t even on any hiking maps.
Located in the beautiful Indian Heaven Wilderness in Southwest Washington, this lake sits, as the name suggests, as the junction of three trails. One is the Pacific Crest Trail which runs 2,000 miles from Mexico to Canada and was made famous by the movie Wild starring Reese Witherspoon. One of my favorite places!
Mt Hood Meadows
This hike actually starts near the parking lot for the Mt Hood Meadows ski area. It continues across the flank of the mountain and takes you under the chair lifts. The wildflower display is pretty great here!
Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge
This was taken from a photo I took in winter. The colors are subtle and lovely and the birch trees are spectacular. The refuge is in the shadow of Mt Adams, in southwest Washington, a two hour drive from our home in Portland. We’ve NEVER seen any wildlife here!!!!!!!!!!!
This lovely little cove is in Cape Disappointment State Park, at the mouth of the Columbia River in Washington. It’s the site of one of Maya Lin’s landscape sculptures, part of the Confluence Project which celebrates the influence of Native American culture along the great Columbia River.
The iconic waterfall is only a half hour away from Portland, the second most visited tourist spot in Oregon (second only to the Woodburn Mall Outlet, not kidding). The trail to the bridge was closed for several years after the Eagle Creek Fire which devastated much of the canyons of the Columbia Gorge. The falls fall 620 feet.
Crater Lake is Oregon’s only National Park which is somewhat surprising given the wealth of beauty here. The water is really this blue. The lake is inside a caldera that was formed thousands of years ago after Mt Mazama blew its top. That event is recorded in Native Americans’ histories. For years scientists couldn’t find the bottom of the lake but they eventually did. Come visit!
Really about the most fantastic view on the Oregon Coast. Well, maybe second only to the one from Falcon Point which might have to be my next illustration. This is looking south toward Camp Westwind which is in the trees to the left of the sandy spit, and beyond to God’s Thumb and Roads End and Lincoln City. Pretty.