Painting in New Mexico – Sandia Mountains

My husband used to work periodically for the FAA in Albuquerque and I would tag along. It was great. I got the rental car, company credit card for lunch and the best thing was I experienced painting the glorious Southwest. I remember the first time painting the Sandia Mountains I had never quite experienced a landscape like this. the high desert is breathtaking in scope and challenging in its ever changing color. I adore the cloud formations which seem to hover and pose for ever.

Jeanean Songco Martin - Biography
Painting on the Rio Grande River at the John Dunn Bridge

Now that we are retired we will be coming to New Mexico more often. Someday we will have a little casita/studio

Sandia Mountains New Mexico ‐ Oil ‐ (14 x 18) One of my first attempts at trying to capture the glorious colors of New Mexico’s Sandia Mountains
“Sandia Mountain Majesty” oil on canvas (30 x 40) Collection of Janet Wilson of Durham, NC Painted at the Elena Gallagos area in the Sandia Mountains. This painting is a culmination of many plein-air studies. Created in my studio from my memory of the beautiful Sandia Mountains and my intensive plein-air work and photo referencing.
Sandia Mountains in January (14×18) Collection of Ann & Thomas Schrubin
“Sandia Mountain Valley” oil on canvas (24×36 Painted on site and from several plein air sketchs and my memory of this very special place in Albuquerque, NM. The Sandia mountains are everchanging. On a cool Autumn evening the distant valley and intermittent golden cottonwood trees glowed. In fact, the whole scene glowed. I hope I caught some of the magic.

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