Acrylic on gessoboard - 18 x 24 in - 2014
I wanted to celebrate this prickly pear cactus, bite mark and all, which grows in my neighbor’s yard in Santa Fe. For a while, I wondered, “Who would eat that? Look at the spines!” I thought the diner might have been a pack rat until an expert informed me that it was likely a rabbit.
I used layers of acrylic paint on gesso board, and often worked from photographs to avoid disturbing my neighbors too much. Needless to say, all of those tiny spines were a labor of love.
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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...