Subject Tags: golds, rust, violets, realism, big bend, autumn colors, west, ranchland, mountains, texas, fences, desert, southwest, autumn, thunderstorm, fall, landscape, impressionistic, southwestern
Size: 14"W x 11"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
Golden autumn color bounding from this Texas sky to the high desert mountains to rich grassland inspired this oil sketch of arid ranchland, dry mountain landscape that is far from drab. The rough texture of the stretched linen canvas kept me concentrating on patterns of color and shape in this painted sketch. I wanted to emphasize color and design rather than detail. The loose, heavy application of oil paints reflects light and adds dimension to this landscape study.
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!