“Ireland is a landscape artist’s Nirvana,” states Hargrove when speaking to friends about is love of the Irish countryside.
And Hargrove's beautiful painting, "Irish Mist" is a reflection of the relationship between nature and those who people it. It’s early morning, and the mist has not yet lifted. The slow-moving river itself seems to be sleeping, as attested by the near mirror reflections of the trees. Evidence of human habitation is subtle: a rowboat moored to the midground shore and a rutted dirt path in the foreground. Who would not love to picnic along the riverbank on a day like today?