Subject Tags: enhanced print, unique, greens, blues, yellows, cactus, century plant, desert plants, big bend, alpine texas, landscape, desert, wildflowers, west, ranchland, agave, mountains, texas, clouds, realism, nature, impressionism
Size: 12.1"W x 9.1"H x 0.01"D
Year Created: 2018
Agave, commonly known as "century plants" lay claim to the high desert when they shoot up blooms. These blossom-laden stalks often grow ten or fifteen feet tall. For a decade, I've watched this circle of agaves mature. Finally, this year, they bloomed, rising from ranchland outside Alpine, Texas to touch the big southwestern sky.
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.
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!