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Arroyo Wash

Arroyo Wash

Pastel on Sanded Paper
Looking down on this arroyo, I was drawn to the wonderful patterns created in the sand by recent rainfall. Evidence that it is not always dry here.
12" H x 16" W

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East At Sunset

East At Sunset

Pastel on sanded paper
12" H x 18" W

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Autumn Sparkle

Autumn Sparkle

Pastel on PastelBord
I began this painting working en Plein Air, wanting to capture the yellow glow of autumn highlighted by the morning sun.
12" H x 12" W

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Morning in the Arroyo

Morning in the Arroyo

Pastel on Pastelbord
Standing under the shade in the Arroyo that runs behind a local Santa Fe nursery, I was surrounded by wonderful views in every direction. I decided to capture the joy of the trees greeting the morning sun with their wonderful yellow glow.
9" H x 12" W

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Through The Aspen

Through The Aspen

Pastel on Sanded Paper
Aspen Vista is glorious in the fall, with brilliant yellow foliage lighting the way. On this hike, I was equally drawn to the wonderful rock wall on this bend.
18" H x 12" W

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Snow Shadows

Snow Shadows

Pastel on PastelBord
In the mountains around Santa Fe, snow persists in the tree shadows well into late spring. Look out for patches of ice, or you may find yourself on your bum!
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After the Fog

After the Fog

Pastel on PastelBord

Last fall, I went up to the Santa Fe Ski basin to capture the autumn colors, but found it to be completely socked in with fog. The veil of fog lifted just after lunch, inspiring this image.
14" H x 11" W

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In The Moment

In The Moment

Pastel on prepared masonite

On this day, I was drawn to the texture of the high desert landscape, blanketed with tufts of a variety grasses, flowers and little shrubs. I started with a red underpainting, which was a fun approach.
9" H x 11.75" W

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The Long View

The Long View

Pastel and Watercolor on sanded paper - Perched on the porch at Bonanza Creek Ranch, a movie set outside of Santa Fe, I enjoyed the view of our mountains across a rare, spring-fed pond.
12" H x 18" W

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Spring Chamisa

Spring Chamisa

Pastel on PastelBord
Our spring landscapes are filled with soft blues and greens. Although Chamisa blossoms turn deep yellow in the fall, they are a delicate soft yellow-green in the Spring, which strikes a beautiful harmony with the blue green foliage. I started this piece working outside at one of our dog parks. Yep - this is what our dog parks are like in Santa Fe!
11" H x 14" W

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Marshan Glow

Marshan Glow

Pastel on Pastelbord
I find the winter colors around Santa Fe to be more varied and interesting than what I see in the summer. After the shrubs and trees shake off their leaves, wonderful yellow, red, green and orange branches and twigs are revealed. This is especially apparent along the marshes and wetlands.
11" H x 14" W

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Sunny Window

Sunny Window

Pastel on sanded paper
18" H x 12" W

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Dry Goods

Dry Goods

Pastel on prepared masonite

I started this piece working en plein air in Cerrillos, New Mexico. I am drawn to the abstract shapes created by intersecting roof lines commonly found in the Southwest. The faded lettering on the side of one of the buildings made this scene irresistible to me.
11" H x 14" W

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Adobe Glow

Adobe Glow

pastel on Pastelmat
11.75" H x 15.5" W

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Red Hollyhocks

Red Hollyhocks

Pastel on pastelbord
14" H x 11" W

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Winter on Acequia Madre

Winter on Acequia Madre

Pastel on Pastelbord
16" H x 20" W

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Arroyo Snow

Arroyo Snow

Pastel on PastelBord
I can't resist exploring the surrounding neighborhoods after a big snowstorm. One morning I found myself alongside the arroyo behind E.J. Martinez Elementary School. I foolishly thought mine would be the first footprints, but clearly there were early morning dog walkers that beat me to it!
12" H x 16" W

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Snowy Morning

Snowy Morning

pastel on PastelMat
I love painting snow, and can't resist exploring the surrounding neighborhood after a good snow storm. On this snowy morning, I found myself walking along the arroyo that runs behind E.J. Martinez Elementary School. The cool blues of this painting give it an entirely different feel from "Arroyo Snow", which was painted from photos taken on the same day and in the same location.
12" H x 15" W

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Winter In Spring

Winter In Spring

Pastel on PastelMat
Hiking the Chamisa Trail following a late spring snowfall, I was taken with the contrast of spring green new foliage against the otherwise nearly monochromatic winter scene.
11.75" H x 15.5" W

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The Homestead

The Homestead

Pastel on Sanded Paper -
Sheltered from the sun by a large Juniper, I settled in to capture the beauty of my surroundings. I love the tufty clumps of our desert flora and the distant outbuilding brought a feeling of times long ago when people first ventured out west.
12" H x 18" W

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Long Shadows

Long Shadows

Pastel on prepared Masonite
I created a textured surface for this painting by treating a masonite board with gesso, followed by a coat of Art Spectrum's fine tooth Colourfix Primer. The texture allows the rubbed in underpainting to sparkle through subsequent applications of pastel. I also like the soft edges achieved with this method.
16" H x 11" W

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Las Golondrinas Reflections

Las Golondrinas Reflections

Pastel on PastelBord
When you live in the high desert, coming across an unexpected pond with stunning, colorful reflections will take your breath away. This pond is at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas and I'll never forget the first time I laid eyes on it.
16" H x 20" W

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