Painting the Desert

Posted by on May 1, 2015

In 2014, I had the opportunity to add the rugged landscapes of the American western desert to my painting subject matter.

In recognition of a long-standing tradition between artists and the national parks, and specifically Joshua Tree’s impact on artists and visitors from around the globe, the Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts created an annual Art Exposition – a juried art exhibition and celebration featuring art inspired by or depicting the unique natural beauty or cultural history of Joshua Tree National Park.

The Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts had an overwhelming response to their Call for Art for the Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition 2014. They had 142 artists from across California and the nation submitting 377 entries for possible inclusion in the juried art exhibition. A total of 53 artists and artwork images were selected for the show.

One of my entries, Yucca Crown, was accepted in the exposition and won the Minerva Hoyt Award. Minerva Hamilton Hoyt was an early activist for preservation of California desert areas and plant life, including Joshua Tree National Park.

The exhibition was displayed at the 29 Palms Art Gallery.

In 2015, four additional desert pieces were included in a national juried show called “Celebrating Souther California” at Location 1980 gallery in Costa Mesa, California.

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 Yucca Crown | 2014 | 13.5 x 39 Inches | Water Soluble Oil on Coated Paper | KZ-0520

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 Lone Yucca | 2014 | 13.5 x 39 Inches | Water Soluble Oil on Coated Paper | KZ-0519

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 Boulders | 2014 | 13.5 x 39 Inches | Water Soluble Oil on Coated Paper | KZ-0514

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 Mojave Landscape | 2014 | 13.5 x 39 Inches | Water Soluble Oil on Coated Paper | KZ-0520