Commissioned by the Oklahoma Centennial
The land of Oklahoma includes some of the most diverse landscape in the country. Divided into four quadrants (Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and Northwest), the terrain of each area has distinct differences.
- The Northeast region of Oklahoma is often called Green Country for its heavily-wooded area with many rolling hills, mountains, and foliage.
- Northeast Oklahoma is considerably wetter and greener than most of the state and generally receives more than 40 inches of rain per year.
- The area is one of the most populous regions of Oklahoma and contains Tulsa which is the state's second-largest city, next to Oklahoma City. Muskogee, Bartlesville, Vinita, and Tahlequah are other larger communities in Northeast Oklahoma.
- Northeast Oklahoma has more lakes than any other geographical area of Oklahoma.
- More than half of the state's registered state parks are located in Northeast Oklahoma.
- The heavily-wooded Ozark Mountains and their foothills dominate most of Northeast Oklahoma.
- The Ozark Plateau, located in Northeast Oklahoma, is an extension of the Missouri and Arkansas landscape. It is marked by rivers with steep valley walls separated by broad flat areas.
- The lowest temperature ever recorded in Oklahoma, -27 degrees Fahrenheit, was recorded on January 18, 1930 in Watts, Oklahoma, located in Northeast Oklahoma.
- The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska, is one of the last remnants of tallgrass prairie in the United States.
- When researching for this painting, Wilson Hurley visited the community of Peggs near Tahlequah. When he saw the woods bright with color, he remarked, "This country is just asking to be painted."