Size: 10.5"W x 5.5"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2016
This overlook, high in the remote Davis Mountains of Far West Texas was a favorite picnic spot when I was growing up. You look down, past volcanic rock palisades onto the old army frontier fort, see a few scattered buildings that comprise the tiny town of Fort Davis and distant ranches. You can easily see for sixty or seventy miles across the high desert borderlands. It's a timeless place. As I painted this, I felt that so intensely, I began overlooking the sparse signs of man's occupation of the land. Omitting any structures felt right.
I chose this panoramic format for my original pastel painting so I could include the signature rock formations above the old fort and present town while showing the vast sweep of sky that's so typical of West Texas.
This is an enhanced print ("remarque") which I've hand-repainted, using the same pastel pigments I created the original with. I paint over select areas to increase the vividness of color, to bring subtle light into shadowed areas; I add fine detail. I even paint out my original signature, then sign my unique remarque as a new piece of fine 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!