Size: 9.25"W x 12.25"H x 0.15"D
Year Created: 2018
This old windmill is all that remains of a dugout homestead near the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park. The road leads in, the road leads out, and it leads nowhere else. I came upon this oasis in the vast northern Chihuahuan Desert right at sunset, when the solitude of earth and sky presses hard against the psyche.
Using my own reference photos, I painted the original 2015 pastel in my studio, shortly after returning from an extended trip to Big Bend country, while the cooing of dove and the chirping of foxes still sang in my ears.
This painting makes an especially elegant enhanced print. Repainting it brings renewed dimension into the darks and sparkle into the lighter areas. Every enhanced reproduction is a unique piece of fine art, the closest thing to an original at a fraction of the price. And I sign it, of course!
This enhanced print is formatted to fit a standard sized mat and frame, making it even more affordable wall art.
Curator's Note: The play on light is staggering. Certain clouds shine yellow, while the rocks in the distance undulate between shadow and highlight.
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!