Southwest Abstractions: A Modernist Tradition

Following a Modernist tradition, my work abstracts nature.  In painting the landscape, I generally consider the idea of the setting perhaps more than the actual look of a specific landmark.  In these latest mixed media works -- all done in 2012 -- I've tried to capture the land's rhythmic and dynamic qualities. I've incorporated watercolor washes and accents of gouache and acrylic -- to create a series of atmospheric landscapes celebrating the seasons and senses of New Mexico. In Ah! Pinon Moment, for example, I hope you can smell the pinon chimney smoke rising in the air.   By using warm colors in the red-to-yellow range in August Sunrise, I wanted to convey the warmth of the New Mexico sun.

Winner of 2011 Common Ground Exhibit, Santa Fe Arts Commission

Winner of 2011 Common Ground Show
Autumn Storm, watercolor, 2011

July Monsoons, watercolor, 15.5 x 11.5, 2015

Miraculous Staircase (Loretto Chapel), watercolor, 13.5 x 10.5, 2015  Featured in 2015 Exhibit of Santa Fe Historical Society

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03/29/15 Art Accepted in 2015 Juried Show of Santa Fe Historical Society

10/04/14 Pure Poetry: How Poetry Can Inspire Art

9/05/14 Experimenting with Acrylic Mediums

6/7/14 Der Blaue Reiter Collection, Munich

4/14/14 Light-Inspired Art: Small Jewels

1/23 Prismatic Effects of Water-Based Media

1/05/14  Using Oil Sticks to Create Dramatic Effects

10/31/13 On Studying Other Artists

10/19 Unintended Consequences Using Water-based media

10/12 Painting the Seasons of New Mexico

8/31 Composition: The Arrangement of Contrasting Forms

7/31 New Mexico: A Painter's Paradise

7/17 Intensifying Watercolor Effects

6/02 Creating Atmosphere with Glazes

6/01 The Photography/Painting Debate

5/25 Capturing Fleeting Light on a Garden Wall

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