Size: 10"W x 5.5"H x 0.01"D
Year Created: 2018
Sunsets make up for harsh days in the Far West Texas desert. The air is clear, the altitude just enough to remove some of the atmospheric filtering, and the clouds that break and split and sink into the mountains of Big Bend country give us light shows that rival anything in Vegas. This small pastel study in color is from tiny Study Butte, an old mercury mining town. It looks toward Terlingua Ghost Town. I believe any ghosts who look up and see night falling with this splendor must be very happy spirits. Why is it a "study"? I concentrated on getting color and pattern onto this small canvas instead of slowly building layers and detail, as I would with a more polished painting. Sometimes, in the case of a color study such as this one, 'simple' is more true to the subject.
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!