Size: 10"W x 14"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2017
Coyote fences are an iconic site in Northern New Mexico made up of the branches from cedar or pinon and wired together to keep the coyotes out. The fence sits along a gravel road near an old bean field; one of the old neighborhoods in Santa Fe
Another of the painting-a-day series of small watercolors. Small watercolor paintings using quick strokes with a writing brush on rough watercolor paper. Signed on front, 10" x 14" image size, matted and ready to frame.
I love working quickly using a calligraphy brush on rough paper, going for the zen of the moment. I keep the colors pure while at the same time letting the paper do the work; looking for happy accidents that I can exploit. Many times I will take a scene and modify the composition to minimalize the basic elements to maintain a deceptively simple beauty. The subjects I choose to paint tend to have an interesting massing, a layering of elements and a quality of light and shadow. I am always looking for new views and experiences. As I travel, should I come across a striking scene I may simply take a picture for future reference, draw a quick sketch or paint on site. Many times I will remember scenes and sketch from memory while I have an idle moment. My work draws from the forms, colors and experiences of the desert Southwest; an enjoyment in the act of painting expressing a simpler, more casual approach to life.