Size: 7"W x 5"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2018
We sipped coffee in the dark, our legs dangling from the tailgate of the pickup as we waited for a north central Texas wildlife refuge to open its gates. As dawn broke, large shadowy shapes began moving toward us. We stopped grumbling about arriving too early when we realized we were seeing a herd of American bison wake, then roam through tall grass. An overnight rain had left rivulets running through the wooded pasture, already lush with wildflowers, and one buffalo's cape was tangled with mud. The heavy, dirty animals roaming through the fragile wildflowers begged to be painted. We were camped nearby, so I took about a hundred reference photos, then went back to our RV and started painting. The original pastel painting is small, so this is the largest size it reproduces. Using the same pigments I created it with, I go back and repaint this pair to bring out rich color and detail until the remarque, (enhanced print) looks original. Because by then, it is. No two are ever alike, and I paint over the original signature, then add my new signature proudly to a new piece of fine art that is truly unique.
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!