Subject Tags: violets, yellows, blues, archival, enhanced print, unique art, prickly pear, big bend, national park, landscape, sunrise, dawn, texas, desert, mountains, cactus, southwest, realism, nature, impressionism
Size: 12.1"W x 9.1"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2018
We drove an hour and a half in darkness to this remote spot on Old Ore Road in Big Bend National Park, then sipped coffee from our Thermos and waited for the sun to come up. It was magical to stand there, camera in hand ready to capture the first rays of dawn on the Chisos Mountains. I chose oils for this large painting, because I wanted to capture the translucent light through the prickly pear pads. To do this, I used a succession of glazes on both cactus and in the shadows between the rocks.
Using soft pastels, I hand-repainted this reproduction to bring out the nuances of glowing color and detail. A remarque such as this is a unique piece of fine art, so I paint out my original signature then sign it anew. No two enhanced prints are ever alike, and not many exist because each receives such a worthy chunk of my time.
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!