artist in residence, southern new mexico

In May 2015 I was awarded a one month Artist in Residence with Starry Night Retreat in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. I've always loved New Mexico but this was my first time to explore Southern New Mexico. Early each morning, not only to catch the best light but to also avoid the heat and winds, I ventured down dirt roads to discover unbelievable views across the largest lake in New Mexico: Elephant Butte Reservoir. And yes, there is an Elephant Butte, an imposing, lumbering mass of rich dark color, wading in teal green water. Who knew!

The paintings below are some of the on location, plein air studies I created during my residency.