Subject Tags: southwestern, western, unique art, enhanced print, browns, rusts, yellows, greens, nature, wild animals, animals, buffalo, couple, bison, american, wildflowers, landscape, texas, pasture, green, realism, impressionism, wildlife
Size: 10.25"W x 8.25"H x 0.15"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.
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.
Curator's Note: An enhanced print is when the artist revisits a printed work, adding color, dimension, and perhaps texture.
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!