Manifest Destiny

Manifest Destiny is one of the paintings in my current show. It continues the theme of looking at our relationship with and connection to nature. Manifest destiny was a 19th century belief in the destiny of settlers to expand westward across the United States, and remake the land and culture. It served to justify, as a moral imperative, both the expansion […]

At the Crossroads – and show reminder

At the Crossroads, Jean Reece Wilkey, oil, 39x27 in

My dogs chase rabbits. Normally that is not a problem since they are not fast enough to catch Jack Rabbits. But once in a while I get panicked when they chase a little bunny. Little white-tailed desert bunnies, although they are fast, are not always the wisest about where to find quick shelter under a […]

Intersections show opens Oct 7

painting of white orchid blooms

You are all invited to come out to my solo show, Intersections, at The Gallery at Big Picture. It opens on Friday, October 7 with a free reception on ramble night from 5 – 7 pm. The show runs through October. The gallery is located at 311 N Main st. in Las Cruces. 575-647-0508. I hope […]

Wide Bay High Desert Catalog available free

Late last summer and early fall I participated along with 11 other artists in the Wide Bay High Desert II exhibition. It ran from August through October in both New Mexico, USA and Queensland, Australia. A lovely little catalog designed by Adrienne Williams, accompanied the exhibition. I have some extras, so if you want one I’ll […]

Advancing to Red

This year, for the first time, we got about 2 dozen pomegranates off our tree. Pretty amazing for a tree we thought was dead after a severe freeze a few years back. So it was time for a pomegranate study along with some Fuji apples from another tree in our yard. Just playing around with perception […]

Come out for the Project Postcard Fundraiser

Starting now you can preview all the work for this year’s biennial Project Postcard Fundraiser at New Mexico State University. This is the third time they’ve hosted the fundraiser with artists from all over the States contributing work. All the work is – you guessed it – postcard size – 5×7 inches. Here’s how it works: […]

NMSU collector’s auction fundraiser

I was honored to be asked to donate a painting for the NMSU Collector’s Auction Fundraiser, Gym to Gem. I was happy to be included in this worthy cause. The current New Mexico State University fine arts building is a converted gymnasium from the 1930s or something. The painting studio is on top of the former swimming […]

Wide Bay High Desert II – opens Friday

oil painting of Cholla cactus and Bird of paradise flowers

It’s finally time for the opening of the Wide Bay High Desert II exhibition that features 12 artists from Australia and the United States. The reception will happen simultaneously at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery in Queensland and at Unsettled Gallery in Las Cruces, New Mexico where there will be a satellite link up so we can visit each location in […]

Time to get going on Wide Bay High Desert II

Wide Bay – High Desert II, is a joint exhibition between Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery in Queensland, Australia and Unsettled Gallery in New Mexico. I’m very excited I was invited to participate. And as usual, I’m already behind! There are 12 artists in all, 6 from each country, who will show two pieces at each venue, that relate to […]

Beyond the Veil show opens Sat, Aug 9

You are cordially invited to my show, Beyond the Veil, which will open August 9th with a morning reception from 8:00-11:00 am at Unsettled Gallery. If you’re in the area, please do drop in. We’ll have refreshments and I’ll be speaking about my work at 9:30 am. Also in the West gallery, Nolan Winkler will be opening […]