Artist Statement

2016-21-30x48x2-reduced

Sunday Drive to Chimayo, 2016, 30″ x 48″

The wide vistas of New Mexico produce an amazing variety of skies: clear blue from top to bottom, piled high with marshmallow clouds, marbled with swirls of feathery translucence, lurid at sunset, transcendent with evening gradations of turquoise and lilac, purple with monsoon rains. The whole dome of the sky is nearly always visible, and on many days a wide array of skies can be seen in 360-degree panorama. My aim is to see if I can create for others an experience that is near as possible to an experience of the sky itself. I am not happy with a painting until I find myself entranced by it. If it holds my gaze for a long time and I feel joy, peace, contentment, or sometimes wonder and awe, then I hope others will feel the same way.