Art: Northwest Mystic

Put a painter on an isolated fire-lookout tower, keep him there alone for weeks at a time with nothing to look at but the rugged vastness of Washington State's Cascade Range, and something is bound to happen. For Seattle's Kenneth Callahan, 48, who stood three summer fire-watching stints during World War II, what happened was the crystallization of a lifetime's thinking and painting experience. "In the complex of crags, clouds, movements and mist I saw identity with life," he recalls. "I was struck by the awareness that rocks, man, animals, ideas all come...

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