“Eye Candy” is how I view this lovely place called Arizona and that is what I wish to convey in my art. How can a person not look everywhere and see beauty. It is the light that covers the Valley with magic. The setting sun painting the McDowell Mountains with a pastel palette of the softest pinks, blues and lavenders. It is the light that makes a cactus flower’s pedal look almost transparent. It is the delicate, lacy light dancing on the ground filtered through a mesquite tree. The bold light hitting the rocks in an outcropping on the mountains giving them their strength and power. The wonderful light is the story I want my artwork to tell.
Part of the "Cacti Series," this is "Firesticks." It is a succulent and as the weather cools at night, the tips become more reddish. I love the way the branches grow out of the base and how the tips become redder as the weather gets cooler.
"Beauty and the Beast". This is part of my "Cacti Series" in which I painted cactus in my yard. This cactus is in the Totem Pole subspecies but no one can tell me the real name and even searching the internet produced no results. Loving the knobby shapes throughout, the sculpture-like cactus produces the most beautiful flowers. The light plays in and out of it's many crooks and crannies.
“Arizona Agave”. This Agave is in my backyard and I tried to capture the filtered light playing on this Agave. When I was done painting, I realized that this Agave had the colors of the Arizona State Flag....therefore the name, Arizona Agave.
Most species of agaves are used as ornamental plants, but they have other uses to humans and animals. Once agaves were cultivated for emergency feed for lives