Wednesday, December 19, 2012


When one of my Alaskan artist friends, Nancy Angelini Crawford, passed through Arizona a year ago, we met in Jerome for a day of plein air painting. Jerome is a quirky little historic tumble-down mining town you have to see to believe. It literally hangs off the side of the Mingus Mountains, overlooking the Verde Valley and the Mogollon Rim. Jerome was quite a boom town at the height of its mining days. Then the mines went bust and the town went ghost and it's only concern was the inevitable effects of gravity until the 60's when a bunch of hippies moved in and made it into an artist community. It's been a quirky mix of eclectic and eccentric ever since, morphing into a destination for world class artists, prime time ghost hunters and rock star wine-makers.

I chose to paint this Town Hall scene because I loved the combination of the buildings stacked like lego blocks up the steep mountainside amid the beautiful Arizona October fall colors. It recently sold to a friend who is giving it as a Christmas gift. Which means I'll be giving myself the gift of a trip back to Jerome in the near future to do more plein air painting.
Merry Christmas to all!

6" x 6" / Oil on canvas panel
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