Size: 4.1"W x 6.1"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2018
For a handful of magical minutes just before sunset, reflected light strikes the desert in the Texas borderland with such ferocity, every rock seems to hold a secret flame. The mysterious Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park shimmer as if made of amethysts. Even prickly pear pads glow with this internal fire.
This is one of my favorite spots. Ancient pictographs cover the tumble of rocks, so I suspect Native Americans felt the same hypnotic power of this landscape. I painted the large original pastel back in my studio one winter after we'd spent evening after evening hiking this special place in the vast Chihuahuan desert of West Texas.
I hand repaint this fine art print using the same vivid pastel pigments I created the original painting with. Enhancing adds vibrancy and enriches the colors, but I also add fine details. No two enhanced prints, or "remarques" are ever the same, making this a unique piece of fine art. (That's why it isn't numbered.) I even paint out my original signature, then sign it again to signify that it is a new work of art. This miniature will fit a readymade mat and frame, making it easy and affordable to hang.
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!