Peter Malarkey

Fine Art / Painting Conservation

Painting Notes

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Lower Dam I – July 2008
2008 -2009, 18 x 36 inches, oil on canvas
The first portrait of the lower dam, and the one that got the whole project started.
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Lower Dam II – April 2009
2009-2010, 32 x 42 inches, oil on canvas
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Lower Dam III – July 2011
2011, 28 x 40 inches, oil on linen
The turbines have been shut down, and the gates are fully opened. The lake has dropped approximately 15 feet.
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Upper Dam I – July 2010
2009-2010, 28 x 42 inches, oil on canvas
Spillway levels have been maintained to pass as much water through as the upper watershed produces, based on rainfall and snowmelt. This horsetail reflects average summertime runoff for that summer, which was cool but mostly dry.
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Upper Dam II – July 2011
2011, 32 x 38 inches, oil on linen
One spillway is fully open. The lake has dropped approximately 15 feet.
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Old Dike – February 2010
2009 -2011, 24 x 36 inches, oil on linen
This painting shows the new cut for an overlayer of new dike material, as well as the older dike substructure in the foreground. Mount Angeles and Fox Point bluff are in the background, the Strait is to your back.
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New Dike – June 2011
2011, 28 x 36 inches, oil on linen
Currently the artificial lakes behind the two Elwha dams retain large of amounts of silt and cobble which otherwise would be flushing downstream. To protect properties West of the river mouth, the government has raised the level of the Place Road Dike to a level corresponding to models of increased river height from silt depositing on the delta floor.
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Delta Floor – December 2010
2009 -2011, 24 x 36 inches, oil on canvas
Erosion is a constant in the valley. The Fox Point cliff is eroding fast as the final bend of the river pushes West.
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In Glines Canyon – Spring 2010
2010-2011, 22 x 26 inches, oil on linen
This low point in Glines Canyon is directly below the upper dam and may eventually reform into a sidechannel and island. The light in the flat will not be this color of green again.
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Elwha Mouth – Fall 2010
2008 -2011, 18 x 36 inches, oil on canvas
The delta is heavily vegetated in areas. Currents in the Strait will deposit lake silt to the East, which may form a spit and estuary.
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Sisson I – August 2010
2010 – 11, 26 x 42 inches, oil on canvas
This homestead meadow is currently a staging zone for construction of Engineered Log Jams designed to diminish undesired scouring of the banks and encourage river braiding and overgrowth of shaded salmon migration channels. The ELJs are a collaborative effort between the Lower Elwha S’Klallam tribe and the US Department of Fisheries.
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Sisson II – October 2010
2010 -11, 24 x 36 inches, oil on canvas
The Engineered Log Jams are footed deeply into the riverbed. The following day the river hit flood stage, covering the structure except for the pillar logs. The tribe resumed work once the storm finished, and the ELJ is presently complete and vegetated.
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November – 2009
2009-2011, 22 x 38 inches, oil on canvas
One of many islands in the delta which are continually sculpted by the ongoing current. The gap to the left is a slough which becomes an active channel during flood stages.
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New Year’s
2010 -11, 40 x 32 inches, oil on canvas
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