Size: 4.1"W x 6.1"H x 0.01"D
Year Created: 2018
The waving grass and the wispy clouds seemed to weave the vast Big Bend National Park landscape into a richly colored tapestry as we drove across the desert floor early one winter morning.
Back in my studio, some three hours away, I placed a board on my easel horizontally, and started to sketch this scene from my photo reference. Suddenly I realized this painting should be as much about the towering sky as the sweeping desert grass and mountains. I set the Pastebord vertically and recomposed my landscape to accommodate the big sky.
This is an enhanced print, or "remarque", a uniquely hand-repainted reproduction from the original pastel. Reworking a print brings out the rich colors of the original. Instead of seeing one color in the shadows, you see several. Slight texture appears from the added strokes. And I paint over my original signature and sign each rare remarque again. No two are alike, so they aren't numbered. This is a one of a kind piece of fine art.
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!