I very rarely paint what is traditionally known as a "landscape" though I really do LOVE landscape paintings! I have tried to explain to people, I just don't have a passion for painting "rocks." (Ha!)
However, on occasion, there are "scenes" that capture my imagination and I feel duty-bound to paint them! (And I really need to create more landscapes ... or "scenics.") For instance, the beautiful hot-air balloons we are surrounded by here in Albuquerque every Fall. The glow of their burners ... the sunrise seen through brightly-colored semi-transparent cloth balloons ... the intense JEWEL-like hues dotting our skies and landscapes. THOSE scenes awaken such deeply-felt emotions in me, I MUST express them through my watercolors!
Since my landscapes ("scenics") are rare, they are often special to me! Enjoy!
"Isaiah By Moonlight: Rome"
One of my favorite memories of Rome, Italy in 2015 was seeing the city by moonlight. I took tons of photos, and was particularly intrigued with the statues of the Prophets at the base of the "Immaculate" Monument, near the Spanish Steps. I painted this one for the "Nocturne" exhibit at the NMAL, Fall of 2022. Sept. 8, 2022 13.5" x 9.5" on Arches 140# -- $675.00 --
One beautiful "Balloon-Fiesta" morning, I was standing in a park with my grandchildren, and the Sandia Mountains behind us were ablaze with light as the sun rose through a "downpour" of rain. Hot-air balloons were all around us ... it was MAGIC, and I had to paint it! (11" x 15") - 2020 • 1st Annual Balloon Museum Foundation Show, 2020 • MasterWorks NM 2021 Exhibit • Featured in the Abq. Journal, April, 2021 -- SOLD --
"Airabelle at Dawn"
The NM Creamland Dairy cow hot-air balloon, "Airabelle" has always been my favorite. I intentionally photographed her one morning with light streaming past and through her. I had more fun with this painting than I can say! (14" x 14") - 2020 • First Annual Balloon Museum Foundation Art Show, 2020 -- SOLD --
When in Washington, D.C. in 2011 on Memorial Day weekend, we got to the Jefferson Memorial on the D.C. Mall last -- just as the sun was about to set. Once again, it was a moment where everything was perfect -- the light -- the saying, "On The Altar of God" in my camera's viewfinder -- and of course, THE Statesman himself: Thomas Jefferson. This now hangs in my "patriotically-decorated" living room, as my focal point. (22" x 22") - 2014 -- NFS --
A very small piece I painted as a "give-away" door-prize for our annual land-owner's association meeting. This is of a very small cliff-dwelling near Ramah, NM. (5" x 7") - 2013 -- NFS --
A small piece done for the NM Cancer Center 2013 Exhibit. (11.5" x 8.5") -- $375 --