Subject Tags: serene, nature, blues, greens, yellows, southern colorado, rocky mountains, rockies, rio grande, realism, impressionism, river, mountains, wildflowers, rain, summer, colorado, thunderstorm, landscape, western, southwestern
Size: 12"W x 9"H x 0.25"D
Year Created: 2018
This embedded thunderstorm, with its deeply layered cloud formations and distant rain shower was kept us from launching our canoe one southern Colorado summer afternoon. I usually paint the lower Rio Grande, but this scene is from a favorite camping site of ours near the big river's source, high in the Rockies. I love the contrast between dark, billowing storm clouds and the tranquil, rolling meadows in the rugged high country in summer. In this pastel study, one I did back in my studio from reference photos of our trip, I kept reminding myself to paint the moody chill of the wind blowing off the stormy sky and across the water.
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!