Subject Tags: landscapes, river, golds, red brown, greens, turquoise, dawn, southwestern, autumn colors, water, realism, texas, trees, impressionism, wildlife, animals, wildlife, wildflowers, bison, buffalo
Size: 24"W x 12"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2015
This herd of American bison live in Fossil Rim Wildlife Sanctuary near Glen Rose, Texas. (In Texas, we know they are bison, but we stubbornly call them "buffalo" anyway, and apparently, they don't mind the misnomer.) We happened on these one October dawn. The big animals were knee deep in purple gayflowers and yellow broomweed, wildflowers that mark autumn in Texas. The herd was obviously enjoying runoff from the previous night's rain. I took dozens of photos and painted several pastels from that morning encounter. In this one, I concentrated on the warm, glowing colors of our Texas fall and on the interplay of giant animals, the floating wildflowers and the running water.
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!