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Morning At Nambe

Morning At Nambe

Pastel on PastelCard -
In this painting I wanted to capture the contrast of sun kissed edges and receding shadows, which greeted me on this chilly but bright winter morning.
15.5" H x 11.625" 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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Groovy texture

Groovy texture

Pastel on Pastelbord I absolutely love tree bark texture, especially when the trees are old and wisened. I started this portrait of an old tree gracing the parking lot of the historic Lamy train station, and finished it many months later in the studio.
12" H x 9" W

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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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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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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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East At Sunset

East At Sunset

Pastel on sanded paper
12" H x 18" W

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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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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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The Path At Ghost Ranch

The Path At Ghost Ranch

Pastel on Sanded Paper
after photo by Mike Mahon
12" H x 16" W

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Frozen Motion

Frozen Motion

Pastel on PastelCard
11.625" H x 15.5" W

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Five Aspens

Five Aspens

Pastel on Pastelbord
14" H x 11" W

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Perched

Perched

Pastel on sanded paper
after photo by Mike Mahon
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Stormy Range

Stormy Range

Pastel on PastelBord
I was captivated by this amazing play of light on the Escalante Range when driving between Zion Canyon and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. A distant storm shrouded the furthest point of the range, adding mystery to the scene.
12" H x 16" 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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Ortiz Tones

Ortiz Tones

Pastel on sanded paper
8.5" H x 15.5" W

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Georgia's Muse

Georgia's Muse

Pastel on PastelBord
12" H x 16" 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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Path at Nambe

Path at Nambe

Pastel on Pastelbord
I ventured out to paint the early season snow capped mountains, but this lone deciduous tree in a field of junipers and chamisas caught my attention instead. It didn't seem to mind that it was all by itself.
9" H x 12" 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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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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Sunlit Forest

Sunlit Forest

Pastel on sanded paper
after photo by Mike Mahon
16" H x 12" W

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Taos Farmhouse

Taos Farmhouse

Pastel on Pastelbord
after photo by Mike Mahon
16" H x 20" W

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On The Rio

On The Rio

Pastel on Sanded Paper
after photo by Mike Mahon
12" H x 16" W

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Bandelier Wildlife

Bandelier Wildlife

Pastel on PastelBord
When hiking at Bandelier National Monument, we almost always see deer hanging out amongst the trees and grasses. This painting captures the wonder of one of those precious moments.
8" H x 10" W

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Kitchen Mesa to Pedernal

Kitchen Mesa to Pedernal

Pastel on PastelBord
From atop the Kitchen Mesa hike you can see Pedernal and Abiquiu Lake in the far distance, with a wide expanse of valley floor between. The colors range from yellow to orange and include shades of red and pink. It is the perfect place to sit and enjoy earth's many wonders.
9" H x 12" W

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Aspen Vista

Aspen Vista

Pastel on PastelMat
Aspen Vista is glorious in the fall. Huge swaths of the mountain are bathed in brilliant yellows with hints of orange.
15.625" H x 17.75" W

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Chama Spring

Chama Spring

Pastel on PastelBord
16" H x 20" W

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Pedernal

Pedernal

Pastel on pastelbord
The Kitchen Mesa hike provides many glimpses of Pedernal. I love the varied earth colors in this part of the country, ranging from yellow to orange, with shades of red and pink.
14" H x 18" W

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Georgia's Country

Georgia's Country

Pastel on Pastelbord
16" H x 20" W

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In The Spring

In The Spring

Pastel on PastelMat
11.5" H x 15.5" W

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Outcrop

Outcrop

Pastel on Pastel Card
12" H x 15.75" W

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Joshua's Ocotillo 1

Joshua's Ocotillo 1

Pastel on PastelBord
The Ocotillo is one of my favorite desert plants. When there is water, it covers itself in tiny green leaves, which it readily drops in a drought. This is one of a series of four paintings I did from images captured in Joshua Tree National Park.
5" H x 7" W

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Joshua's Ocotillo 2

Joshua's Ocotillo 2

Pastel on PastelBord
The Ocotillo is one of my favorite desert plants. When there is water, it covers itself in tiny green leaves, which it readily drops in a drought. This is one of a series of four paintings I did from images captured in Joshua Tree National Park.
7" H x 5" W

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Country Road

Country Road

Pastel on Pastelbord
16" H x 20" W

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Joshua's Ocotillo 3

Joshua's Ocotillo 3

Pastel on PastelBord
The Ocotillo is one of my favorite desert plants. When there is water, it covers itself in tiny green leaves, which it readily drops in a drought. This is one of a series of four paintings I did from images captured in Joshua Tree National Park.
5" H x 7" W

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Chama River

Chama River

Pastel on PastelBord
24" H x 36" W

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Joshua's Ocotillo 4

Joshua's Ocotillo 4

Pastel on PastelBord
The Ocotillo is one of my favorite desert plants. When there is water, it covers itself in tiny green leaves, which it readily drops in a drought. This is one of a series of four paintings I did from images captured in Joshua Tree National Park.
5" H x 7" W

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The Ortiz

The Ortiz

Pastel on PastelBord
The train from Lamy, NM to Flagstaff, AZ affords views not seen by car. I love the blues and greens found in our high desert landscapes.
11" H x 14" W

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Morning Mist

Morning Mist

This piece was a commission and is a rendering of the amazing view from my friend's deck not too far from Austin, Texas. I fell in love with the mist coming off the pond and the soft colors in sky.
16" H x 24" W

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