Subject Tags: cactus, square painting, earth colors, golds, blues, violets, unique art, enhanced print, national park, big bend, west, borderlands, texas, southwestern, landscape, canyon, rock, wilderness, desert, realism, nature, impressionism
Size: 9.25"W x 9.25"H x 0.15"D
Year Created: 2018
We hiked this rugged cirque formation in Big Bend National Park late on a winter afternoon when the sun sank blue shadow into cracks and crevasses that we hadn't noticed as we entered this deep rock canyon. Colors broke through rock as the sun sank lower and lower. The official name of this major watershed is Burro Mesa Pour Off, but Jim and I always remember those shadows that titled this painting, and the sense of mystery we felt as we hiked deeper and deeper into those ever-narrowing walls.
The original pastel painting measures 4 feet square, and is the second largest framed art I've ever created. It hangs in a large Texas private collection as the centerpiece of several of my smaller landscapes.
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: The shadowed section of cliff rock in the central background goes unnoticed at first glance, but it so skillfully executed by the artist.
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!