Size: 20"W x 10"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2018
Concluding a pastel painting workshop I'd taught at the Museum of the Big Bend, a handful of artists stood on a deck in the mountains above tiny Alpine, Texas and sipped wine as we watched this sunset unfurl. While the spectacularly colorful Far West Texas sun colored the sky and illuminated the mountains, a scattering of lights from town appeared: The Lights of Alpine. (We couldn't take enough pictures.) I chose this long format to show the panoramic high desert landscape, but gave the earth only a small portion of my canvas, because this painting is about the vast Texas sky in the very last moments of light.
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!