Capturing the fragile color of the desert...

Outside my back door there is a field of brown grass, chamisa, sage and other miscellaneous stick-like things. My “blooming desert” series of paintings began the day a cluster of beautiful, fragile, yellow blossoms appeared in the middle of the brown. Being new to Taos, I had not yet noticed the magical surprises of the cactus. Of course, when I went to capture the treasure, it was already gone.

So the desire to recreate the amazing translucent yellow was planted. Reaching back to my art school fascination with Johannes Vermeer and his play of light and shadow, I began working with glazes. Although time-consuming, since each layer needs to dry before the next is added, the wait is worth it. My hope is to share the joy in noting the amazing bursts from these humble cacti.

See also:

Freeman Gallery, 201 Canyon Road, Santa Fe.

Cane Field Gallery, Kilohana, Lihue, Kauai.

Taos Watercolor Society