So if you follow my work, you know that for a while now I’ve been painting still life objects with landscape behind them. Sometimes patterned cloth emphasizes the division of space.
In my latest effort the table stretches out ahead of the viewer like an infinity swimming pool. The cactus centerpiece gives way to a desert vista.
I walk my dogs daily in the arroyo near my home and this spring there was such a profusion of cactus blooms. This piece comes from the idea that we desert dwellers, like those who live elsewhere, buy imported flowers to adorn our tables. Meanwhile there are perfectly lovely flowers all around us, although they bloom for only a brief time.
Also, if you’re an artist living in the desert, it seems almost a requirement to paint a prickly pear cactus at some point in your career. Here I’ve paired a Prickly Pear in bloom with flowers from the Desert Willow. Both are native to New Mexico. I am not.
Unsettled Gallery will show this painting as part of the Wide Bay High Desert II show – the cultural exchange between Las Cruces, New Mexico and Bundaberg, Queensland in Australia. It opens in both venues in late August.
Click over to the Wide Bay High Desert blog where you can read more about the ideas behind the work and see what other participants are creating.
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