Size: 6.1"W x 4.1"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2018
My husband, our water-shy terrier and a parrot bravely crossed this Texas river at daybreak on morning, balancing from rock to slippery rock as sunlight sparkled across the fast moving water. Once our eclectic parade had made it safely across, I started taking pictures. The isolated patches of light on the distant trees, the grass and the water intrigued me. I love painting live water, and in this pastel landscape painting I wanted to show the quiet but incessant energy of the water flowing across my canvas. I created this piece back in the studio after spending a month wandering the countryside outside Dallas while three of my landscapes were being featured at Heritage Auction Gallery to introduce "Texas Traditions, Contemporary Artists of the Lone Star State" (Michael Duty and Susan Hallsten McGarry, 2010) . It was an honor to be invited to speak and to exhibit at such a prestigious venue, but between exhibition events, Jim and I felt more at home hiking, and fording the Paluxy River. (The last hike of that trip, the terrier tugged at Jim at an awkward moment, and dog, man and iPhone fell into the pool of water in the center of this painting. All but the new phone survived unharmed.) This is a unique fine art print because I've enhanced it, hand-repainting areas to add detail and regain the vibrant colors of the original pastel painting. No two are ever alike, so I don't number my "remarques". I do paint out my original signature and sign the enhanced print again as a new work of art.
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!