Acrylic on gessoboard - 14 x 11 in - 2014
This intriguingly- shaped prickly pear cactus grows in my back yard in Santa Fe. In this case, the actual plant forms are as I depicted them, resembling to me: a head and shoulders, a bicep, and a foot. Do you see the same forms…or something else?
I created the painting with multiple layers of acrylic on gesso board. In the second layer, I added texture with real sand from the arroyo nearby (the texture in the ground at the bottom of the painting). The darker shadows result from later over-painting in dark greys.
Cholla cacti blooming in the high desert of New Mexico are a delightful sight! I enjoyed capturing the rhythm and liveliness of their colors in this piece. It is 24...
Acrylic on canvas - 24 x 30 in - 2016 In this piece, I tried a new approach to depicting my beloved prickly pear cacti, likely inspired by the fact that these didn’t grow near my...
Acrylic on gessoboard - 24 x 6 in - 2016 There is a “forest” of cholla in my neighborhood, and they produce all kinds of fascinating blooms, usually yellow, but sometimes magenta. I didn’t...