El Bosque de Apache
Autumn in America
My subjects come primarily from travel. I work mainly from photos, but I do not render exact representations. Rather, I select elements from various shots to create my own composition. I then do charcoal or graphite value studies until I feel familiar enough with my material to paint. The palette I use depends as much on how I feel about the subject as on how it was "realistically" presented.
Although I live and work in Santa Fe, I am not specifically a Santa Fean or New Mexican artist; I like to range far and wide. Bothe sides of my family, however, are originally from Arizona--Northern and Southern. I spent my formative years in the Southwest and have many relatives still in the region. So I feel I am back home--only with the cultural advantages and influences of New York and San Francisco, both of which I lived near for several years.
My paintings are transparent watercolor unless otherwise indicated. All images are matted, most are framed. Dimensions given are for the image, excluding mat and frame, height by width. Enlargements of painting images can be emailed to interested parties upon request to
Frida Kahlo Garden Acrylics