Size: 16"W x 12"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2018
A shady rest stop gifted us with unexpected fall color as we climbed this rocky trail to a rock formation appropriately known as the Devil's Staircase one hot October day in Guadalupe National Park in Far West Texas. We'd bouldered and sweltered and dodged cactus all morning, and it was so hot, we were considering turning back. Then we rounded a sharp corner and stepped into this small, shady sanctuary from the sun. We sprawled on cool rocks, ate the apples we pulled from our packs, and wondered how we'd ever contemplated not finishing this hike. The hardy twig of red leaves against the cool shadows begged 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.
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!