"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Songs of the Pioneers song from TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon's old-fashioned newspaper column, cross-breeding metaphors and journalism and art, for readers in 150 countries.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Artist statement

Just so you know, part of the expectations of trying to be an artist...
A few years and pounds ago at Taos Pueblo with students, writing and drawing,--Photo by Susan.
Then there's the "Artist Statement," which goes on Adelante's website, www.adelantegallery.com/ etc., and will be posted on the Gallery wall. Sketch by Susan.



Out here there’s the sky. I grew up in New Mexico and have lived most of my life on the Great Plains, the land of far horizons and dramatic skies. Willa Cather wrote, “Elsewhere the sky is the roof the world, but here the earth was the floor of the sky.”  
It’s alive, the source of light and color and weather and life. Dynamic. Challenging. Fluid in an arid land.
In transparent watercolor, I find all that vibrancy in mountains, deserts, mesas, prairies, adobes, and skies. My experience as journalist and photographer influences all my work.
Clark has studied watercolor with Cletus Smith of Oklahoma City, Ron Ranson at Taos, Don Nice at Quartz Mountain, Connie Seaborn of Oklahoma City. He has exhibited and sold watercolors in Oklahoma City and Santa Fe.
He’s a professor of journalism at the University of Central Oklahoma and a journalist. His award-winning blog, Coffee with Clark, features watercolors, photography and writing. http://clarkcoffee.blogspot.com

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