Subject Tags: solitude, red oranges, reds, desert, rocky mountains, taos, miniature art, new mexico, santa fe, rail fence, autumn colors, grass, southwestern, realism, impressionism, fence, afternoon, landscape
Size: 7"W x 5"H x 0.2"D
Year Created: 2012
This original oil miniature evolved in my studio after a blustery fall hike near Santa Fe. The low afternoon sun washed the entire landscape in red light. Deep purple shadows, broken lines cast from the old fence posts, the earthy green of the cottonwoods and the blue southwestern sky were the only other colors. I sought to capture the energy of the fast-moving clouds sending wind through the dried grasses, but primarily, I wanted this painting to share the red-gold light of autumn in the high desert mountains of Northeastern New Mexico. This oil is on an archival board, and while it certainly deserves a frame, it will support itself on a table top easel or propped in a bookcase.
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!