Acrylic on gessoboard - 16 x 8 in - 2014
I admire the vigor of squash, which grow so well in the high desert of Santa Fe- and throughout much of the arid southwestern US. Not only do they have these impressively large and prolific leaves, but they also make twisting beautiful (and edible) orange-yellow blossoms.
I depicted the sunlight filtering through the leaves and the beautiful curling blossoms of this one, which grows at our house. I used shades of green acrylic paint on gessoboard to capture the leaves, and thinner washes of yellow orange acrylic for the blossoms. I then embedded polymer beads in another later of paint and finished with yellow highlights on top.
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 - 12 x 16 in - 2014 I was surprised when our crabapple and apple trees self-hybridized. Did you know that they are able do that? I didn’t until...