Size: 12.1"W x 18.1"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2016
The Davis mountains of Far West Texas stretch for just less than 30 miles across the high desert, but they are spectacular, jagged and wild. My studio sits at 6000 feet near the base of this red-rocked volcanic peak. We hike it almost daily. This view, halfway up the mountain, looks across places still wild and covered with piñon, scrub oak and cactus. It isn't an easy hike, but the view is always worth the climb. Cholla cactus is wicked stuff to run into, but fun to paint because its spiney arms always seem to be backlit, and its soft green and turquoise branches complement the red rock it grows in. Cougars live in these rocks, and mule deer and an assortment of wildlife. But the best days are when we see the eagles soar over the mountain. Artists don't always appreciate their own back yards, but I do mine. This is a fine art print that I hand-repaint to bring out detail (like those cactus spines!) and rich color nuances. (Sadly, I can't add the call of eagles. You have to use your imagination for that.) This remarque is a one of a kind, hand-repainted fine art print on archival paper. I use soft pastels to add richer color and detail; I even paint over my signature, then add a new one to signify that this enhanced print is a new and unique painting.
Clouds towering above vast horizons. Scraggly critters. Blossoms nestled in cactus spines. I'm a seventh generation Texan, and the desert southwest is in my blood. In Houston, Midland, Lubbock, I've always been an artist. For two decades, I co-piloted a corporate jet beside my captain husband. I'm passionate about painting silent sunrises, rioting sunsets and the seductively beautiful, treacherous clouds I once skirted with respect. Flying was good, but as a 2004 Xmas gift to ourselves, we hung up our wings, sold our Lubbock, TX home of 26 years and intending to travel the continent, moved into a big RV. A trip to the remote Texas mountains changed our plans. We're still full-time RVers and love the freedom, but we rooted onto a ranch into the high desert of Far West Texas. I have a rustic studio within walking distance of our mountainside RV site. Across from my studio is a high- end fine art gallery, where I'm the artist-in-residence. Our neighbors are wildlife. It's a good life!