Size: 6.1"W x 4.1"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2018
Far West Texas enjoys the most amazingly colorful sunrises. This is the view one dawn as we hiked the mountain we call "home". From this rocky outcropping, you can see sixty miles or more in every direction, and I always feel like I'm right on top of Texas. I created this vivid pastel painting in my studio in 2012. Several photo references helped me replicate the colors of that morning hike. I'm not sure I would've been bold enough a painter to make them up! The Davis Mountains, the vantage point in this painting, are volcanic in origin, so I like to paint an inner glow into the rocks. The sky gave me all the other colors I needed! This is a one of its kind enhanced print (also known as a "remarque"), unique because I custom print it, then go back and repaint the reproduction in the same pastel pigments I used to create the original painting. This adds rich color and detail and a bit of texture to this intricate miniature landscape. (No two are ever the same!)
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!