A very early painting. I began painting in Hudson Valley and one of my favorite venues was the Olana Historic Site, home of Frederick Church, one of the most important artists of the Hudson Valley School. I painted this particular piece very shortly after we moved to Santa Fe (in 2005?) in memory of how I began.
"En plein air" at my favorite painting site along the Chama river, 12 miles out on the one-lane Monastery Road. This location is 1 mile from th Christ of the Desert Monastery. As I was painting, colorful rafts flowed past. Someday I will include them. Not finished.
Painted "en plein air" during the 2018 Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta Paintout Competition. Location: Ghost Ranch Education Center parking lot. The clouds began to roll in while painting the cliffs facing east. Then I turned around and saw this scene. I had to paint it! So I began a new painting.
"En plein air" in Borrego Springs, a small, established resort town 60 miles west of San Diego (90 miles south of Palm Desert). To get there I drove through a pass in the mountains in a snowstorm!! Fortunately the 3000 foot elevation of the town led to nice painting weather. Beautiful scenes in all directions. Inquiries: email@example.com.
"En plein air" after the rains in the Madera Canyon of the Santa Rita Mountains in Green Valley, Arizona, south of Tucson. Sitting by the river, listening to the babbling waters is a real pleasure. In Arizona home.
Painted plein air at Albuquerque's "Giverny" pond, Shady Lakes. The ponds and lilies rival those of Monet's garden. Too bad there's no bridge. Additional pond scenes can be painted upon request: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natural geological formations result in patterns that attract the viewer. These striation patterns appear throughout the cliffs around Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch and the Chama River in northern New Mexico, forming a natural landmark on a par with the most spectacular of the world. Selected for the Biologique Exhibition at the NM Art League in October/November 2015.
Free brush strokes and mixing of colors on canvas. While painting, I was thinking of turbulent skies and water against the backdrop of the implacable cliffs. Work in progress. Local color (brighter) to be added to foliage with some brighter splashes in the water. No solvents used. Walnut oil/alkyd used as the medium. Inquiries: email@example.com.
"En plein air" at the Rancho de las Golondrinas, a stage stop and watering spot along the Santa Fe Trail. It is now a museum and working farm. Golden rectangle proportion. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
"En plelin air" while on Martha's Vineyard. We trekked out to the pond early in the morning in order to capture the morning shadows (and be able to paint in the shade). Inquiries: email@example.com
. Plein air painting of a former monastery on Galisteo Road and Cordova in Santa Fe. Painted during the 2014 Plein Air Santa Fe paintout week at a Santa Fe park on Galisteo Road. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"En plein air" on a cloudy morning along the Rio Grande near Diablo Canyon. Chili loved playing on the sandy beach. Juried in to the 2014 Annual PAPNM Members' Exhibition at the Gary Kim Gallery in Santa Fe. Inquiries: email@example.com
Painted at a Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Paintout in Taos, New Mexico, on location just after dawn from the Monte Sagrado Resort. I woke up at dawn and painted this on a cloudy day. Contact artist, firstname.lastname@example.org
This was painted years ago (@2014?). I loved visiting the Tetons. But now that I am in Arizona during the winter, I realized that this painting could have been done here, right from our back yard facing the Santa Ritas, with different houses and perhaps an imagined creek flowing away from us as the snow melts. I will repaint this.
My painting, "Santa Fe Turbulence", oil, 10x16, won an award of merit at last night's (Sept. 1, 2026) opening of the Plein Air Artists of Colorado Annual show at the Mary Williams Art Gallery in Boulder Colorado. See www.karen.halbert.com for details (click on Available).