Size: 16.1"W x 12.1"H x 0.01"D
Year Created: 2018
Casa Grande crowns the Chisos. On the morning that inspired this oil painting, as we drove from the desert floor high into the Chisos Basin, ice fog blanketed cactus and creosote. We climbed into the mountains, broke out of fog and into crisp blue sky. Oaks still shimmered with autumn color. My breath frosted as I hiked around the base of Casa Grande, the "Big House" of these Texas peaks. Softly, silently, clouds began wrapping the stately peak, and soon, I stood in the sky. When I painted that New Year's Day experience, I tried to convey that sense of union between land and sky. This is a remarque, 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!