I've always been humbled by nature. In particular the oceans and as in this scene - the mountains. It's always amazes me how quickly the noise and concerns of everyday life disappear when entering the woods and exploring along a river.
I have fond memories of camping with family and friends, but I have equally fond memories of the times spent exploring alone and recharging to the rhythms of nature.
I thought about including other figures in this scene, perhaps a canoe or a cabin in the distance. However, as the painting developed, the emotion and mood I was reaching for was that of a solitary figure. In terms of scale, the figure is a small portion of the picture, but for me it was a corner piece of the puzzle.