Description The Finger Lakes of NY: Formed by glacial erosion, the north-south valleys of this region were scoured out by the advancing glaciers. Upon their retreat, a recessional moraine deposited sediment to the north that damned the valleys, forming the Finger Lakes and also creating the thousands of drumlins scattered along the the lake plain. The Finger Lakes are among the deepest in the US and help create a perfect environment for growing grapes. The region is home to more than 100 wineries, and is home to the largest wine company in the world. The many vineyards and wineries of the region give inspiration to the color scheme of this image.
Paul Hein, Saratoga Springs, New York Member Since December 2012 Artist Statement A cartographer by trade, Paul Hein has devoted over 30 years to creating maps and images that display a visual clarity and effectiveness of design.
The images seen in the Topographics Gallery are actual digital elevation models of existing topography. In other words, they are maps of the earth's terrain, but without any of the place names, roads, boundary lines, etc. that are normally associated with a traditional map. Paul has used these elevation models to create abstract works of art while maintaining the geographic integrity of the data.
In contrast to the Topographics Gallery, Paul has recently begun adding prints to his Planimetrics and Traditional Galleries. Planimetrics are 2-dimensional images where actual map data has been transformed into colorful lines and shapes. Traditional images are just that - traditional styled maps with place names, roads, and boundaries.