Size: 12.5"W x 18.5"H x 0.15"D
Year Created: 2018
In the high desert, we pray for rain, then storms strike with dramatic intensity and we wonder why we weren't more careful with our prayers. Sometimes though, the moisture proves worth the terror. When this west Texas sunset wove color into the dissipating thunderheads and rivulets of snowmelt, runoff from the previous day cut the hard winter ground, I felt the sky had given me a gift, as if in apology for its previous bad behavior. I created this piece (the original is a large pastel painting) from a reference photo I took on our last hike of a six week long working vacation in Big Bend National Park in far West Texas. It was my first major painting of 2013, and I did it while the sweep of this borderlands sky still tingled in my soul. This is a remarque, a one of a kind, hand-repainted fine art print on archival paper. I use soft pastels to add richer color and detail; I even paint over my signature, then add a new one to signify that this enhanced print is a new and unique painting.
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!