ELAINE HOLIEN

Abstract Nature Studies

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Artist Statement

I document the essence of the landscape everyday. I am interested in those untouched views of our landscape - the best parts of why we all come to New Mexico: the light, the color, the clouds, and the beauty of the high desert landscape. 

The Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch areas of Northern New Mexico give me such peace and joy. The landscape of the region and its beauty flows with inspiration. These are places where the land has been patterned by the plow and the fields and orchards form geometric shapes. Blossoms, leaves and fruit add special brilliant colors to the already bright landscape. These cultivated valleys contrast with the wild serendipitous look of the surrounding pinon-studded hills. The winding river is the thread that ties the towns together. I began painting the New Mexico landscape 38 years ago while spending a semester at the D. H. Lawrence Field School in Taos as a young archeology student from Queens College. I always take my paintbrush and watercolors wherever I go, documenting my travels through brushstrokes. 

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