Size: 24"W x 18"H x 0.25"D
Year Created: 2018
In this highly developed pastel "sketch", I want the viewer to become involved with color without the distraction of detail. Our high desert sunsets are dramatic by default, but when cloud layers reflect light back at the mountains like this, the desert turns majestic, with a golden glow from within. Case Grande, landmark mountain in the Chisos Basin of Big Bend National Park in West Texas is a landscape I paint often and know intimately from decades of hikes.
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!