Across the Mesas

United States

Size: 12 H x 24 W x 2 in

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Art Description

Painting: Acrylic, Mixed Media and Oil on Other.

"Across the Mesas” is inspired by a merging of memories of hiking the mountains, mesas and canyon lands of New Mexico and Utah.

This is one of my "textual landscapes" wherein I merge passages of traditional landscape with semi-abstraction and language (text). The words in this painting are from Robert Service's epic poem "The Call of the Wild" which was a spiritually significant poem for me in my youth, when I used to teach backpacking skills at the Philmont Ranch in northern New Mexico.
{Read more about my "textual landscapes" below.}

This painting is painted on a beautiful and sturdy Ampersand panel; the edges/sides of the painting have been painted a flat grey, rendering a frame unnecessary/optional.

About my "textual landscapes" —

Rarely when we recall a journey across the land, is our memory in sharp focus. Rather, our memories become a sequence of impressions—a collage of the vistas, colors, textures and shapes that we encountered along our journey’s path.

My paintings are a celebration of journeys across the land. By merging traditional landscape imagery with fragments of text and abstract elements, my “textual landscapes” suggest land and place in a way that invites the viewer to linger. More than ‘nature studies’ or simple abstractions of the landscape, for me these paintings are deeper expressions of not only journeys in the outdoors, but the passage of time and transience of life. Paint spatters and swirls suggest the movements of birds, often great flocks of them. Vertical lines divide the space into passageways and chapters of time, thought and experience. Fragments of language—most recently reflections on life and the outdoors from my own journals—emerge in a sort of ghost poetry, further beckoning the the viewer to linger and consider the journeys evoked within each painting.

Keywords: Santa Fe Artist, Santa Fe Art, Western Landscape, Abstract Landscape, Mixed Media Landscape, New Mexico Landscape, New Mexico Art, Contemporary Landscape, Dawn Chandler Artist, Big Sky Paintings, Mountains And Mesas

Subjects: Landscape

Styles: Abstract, Fine Art, Impressionism, Contemporary

Mediums: Acrylic, Mixed Media, Oil

Materials: Other

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