The original watercolor "Earthbound" was painted in 1993 by Greg Mort at his Ashton, Maryland studio. It was begun as many of the artists' landscapes are on-site at Triadelphia Reservoir just north of his home in rural Montgomery County. Mort often travels to this woodland area with his easel, paints, and dogs for a day of painting. "Earthbound" was created on an early winter evening after hiking to a favorite location by the edge of the Patuxent River deep in the woods. However, like most of Mort's paintings it was inspired by rather than taken exactly from any particular location. Thus, it is truly a combination of influences and visions of that day and many others.
Mort chose to make "Earthbound" into a lithograph because it holds special significance for him as it reflects his life long love affair and study of the night sky. A serious amateur astronomer and telescope maker, Mort has, since childhood, spent many thousands of hours "under the stars." This image also recalls his fascination with meteor showers and shooting stars that occasionally send remnants down through earth's atmosphere in the form of meteorites. Mort has an extensive personal collection of meteorites in his Ashton studio.
The original watercolor painting of "Earthbound" is in the private art collection of the president of Bethany Sciences, Inc. in New Haven, Connecticut. The overall image size of the limited edition four color lithograph of "Earthbound" is 12" X 18". It was printed on museum quality Mohawk Superfine eighty pound paper by the fine artisans of Westland Printers in Burtonsville, Maryland. Each piece is individually hand titled, numbered and signed by the artist. "Earthbound" was published in a limited edition of only two hundred. There are presently only a small number remaining.