Size: 12.15"W x 9.15"H x 0.15"D
Year Created: 2018
Curator's Note: An enhanced print indicates that the artist revisited the printed image and brought out certain details by hand.
A hot summer day painting on location in this Taos courtyard garden finally drove me into the shade of a giant cottonwood tree, where I dreamed of a tall, cool glass of lemonade. The lemonade never arrived, but the day taught me to weave warm and cool colors through my painting like the hot sunlight filtered through the dense foliage of this remarkable garden. This is the second painting I've done of that garden, the first, a plein air and this one, as a studio painting from photo references. The play of light and shadow on adobe and the relentless summer heat came back to me as I painted this one almost ten years after that first painting and the day that inspired it.
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!