OUR ART GALLERY
I grew up in a wild place. Just behind my house, a creek ran down from the snow-laden mountain and continued on to the great river where prehistoric fish swam in the deeps. As a child, I felt kinship with the trees, the waters and the creatures all around. They spoke to me. But I also grew up with people who lived close to that land—hunters, fishers, farmers, carpenters and hermits.
I went to Reed College in Oregon and later to The Juilliard School in New York where I studied modern dance and choreography. Years later I became a reporter on the Arizona-Mexico border and always had a camera slung over my shoulder. I had always loved photography but when I could develop my own color images digitally I fell hard.
In all my artistic iterations; writer, choreographer, dancer, photographer, photoshop guru and painter I have tried to show what Thomas Berry calls “a communion of subjects more than a collection of objects” for it is a profound belief of mine that spirit is in all things, that the creation is alive.
My photo encaustic landscapes are lush and sensuous. Hold them close and you can smell the beeswax. They represent perfect hours in the sun and rain. They represent the sacred intersection of earth and sky.
The series, “Giants in the Earth” was made after a trip to Ethiopia. The figures were shot from a vehicle and so represent street photography Ethiopian style. I then placed these figures in backgrounds of color and imagination that captured the connection between the figure and the earth. All the pieces in this series have natural elements incorporated like grass, sticks, shells and feathers.
I have lived in the Southwest for 25 years and never tire of it. In my journey through various art forms I always hoped my work would help people remember our fundamental and spiritual connection with the natural world and so I have exhorted my students, collectors and fans to “Follow the Dirt Road in Your Soul.”
Photography has always been a major part of my life; a passion handed down from my father who was a professional photographer in the late 1920's, 30's, and through WWII. He told me (early and often) that "a photograph is made in the darkroom." More importantly, he instilled his strongly held belief that if a photographer has no emotional connection to what he/she is photographing, the best one can do is produce a pretty snapshot. With that in mind, I left behind a 30+ year career in litigation consulting, picked up a camera and started learning my way around digital darkrooms. I haven't put my camera down since and I thrive on road trips ~ both long and short ~ seeking the scenes and subjects I connect with.
I am a self-taught artist and member of Corrales Society of Artists in New Mexico. I began drawing as soon as I could hold a pencil and crayon. When I was six years old, I was gifted a "paint-by-number" kit. I can still smell that paint and remember how smoothly it glided over the panel.
As a youngster, several of my pencil and ballpoint pen drawings were displayed in local community buildings arround my hometown in western Washington. At age 14, I won second prize in a statewide youth art competition and sold my first ink drawing of area songbirds the following year.
Desiring to learn more about wild creatures led me to major in Wildlife Biology and Rangeland Management. I also took courses in drawing, scientific illustration and photography. I recently retired after a wonderful career as a Wildlife Biologist and Rangeland Management Specialist. I continue pursuing my passion for wildlife with pencils, pens, paint and camera. My pieces represent places I visited and animals or landscapes that fascinate me.
Please join us for an opening reception Sunday, April 7th from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. The artists will be providing brief talks about their work, and providing demonstrations. Light refreshments will be served.
We are pleased to support area artists with exhibition and sales opportunities. If you are seeking a beautiful watercolor, striking abstract, or stunning photograph, the Arts Center will likely have it. We change our shows about every two months, and host receptions for the artists on the first Sunday of the month. Members enjoy a 10% off all gallery purchases.
Gallery Submission of Artwork
Many of our artists are members of the Corrales Society of Artists, but all artists are welcomed to inquire about showing their art in the gallery. Contact Caryl Trotter, Executive Director for CAC for more information.