The Southwest Paintings
Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico is an ancient site once inhabited by the Anasazi, or “Ancient Ones.” Over centuries the Chacoans built handsome housing, sophisticated pueblo architecture and places of worship, “kivas”. They built roadways, established irrigation systems, processed flint and turquoise, and traded with other cultures. During many visits to Chaco, I witnessed the intense blue sky, brilliance of minimal color, the dry heat, and saw the expanse of the home of the Anasazi.
I made sketches at Chaco and painted this at Canyon de Chelly.
Oil on canvas in mahogany frame. 84"x36"
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