Yermo, 2008, oil/canvas, 30" x 60". (click image for larger view)
Last day of November and winter has continued to hold off (so far). This might be a good time to post a photo of "Yermo", with its sunny dry feeling. The piece was recently sold to the collection of the Toronto B&R Club after being shown at a members' cocktail and banquet. It was fun to meet the folks at the event, many who have been collecting my work for years, and put faces to names I only see written on gallery statements.
The painting now has a home; and knowing how these clubs work, it may live on the wall there for much longer than I live on this earth. The painting is one of many "desert pieces" that I continue to create based on my travels in the drier parts of the world. This one draws it's components from the Mojave Desert in the area near the California Arizona border. I just love the scrubby brush peppering the desert gravel - surviving the hot arid conditions. The metaphor is about endurance and beauty rolled into each other.