Subject Tags: playful, peaceful, peaches, violets, greens, cliffside, water, rocky mountains, impressionism, realism, landscape, figures, girls, freedom, summer, children, rocks, stream, mountain, taos
Size: 20"W x 16"H x 0.2"D
Year Created: 2012
I was outside Taos, NM one summer day, painting with a group of artists when these girls ran down the dirt road leading from the rock cliffs. Breathlessly, they invited us to paint the rocks around their house. We could even climb to the top, they said. (Hauling easels and paints?!) The rocks, they confided, had magical markings. They pointed. Petroglyphs. Before we could offer our thanks, the girls skipped away to splash in and out of the icy stream off the mountains. I love rock art, but it was the joyous freedom these girls embraced that summer day that inspired my 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!