Making a mountain out of a mint tin – in pictures

By Olivia Cheves

Heidi Annalise has spent the past four years putting mountains into mint boxes. Using small tins as both canvas and palette, the Colorado-based painter creates pocket panoramas of her environment. “Painting helps me soak up vivid memories by studying details that would have otherwise gone unnoticed,” says Annalise. “Sitting on a hillside and studying the colour of a mountain shadow has become a form of meditation for me.” The little vistas can vary from Colorado mountain ranges to cactus closeups: “Attaining this much detail can be tedious when the mosquitoes are biting or the wind kicks up, but there is something intoxicating about getting lost in this tiny world.”

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