Study for Valley of the Bluebirds
oil on canvas
(unframed) 24 x 30 in.
New Mexico has many hidden valleys. Time seems to stand still in the mountain villages of northern New Mexico. This painting celebrates the transition from the final days of winter to the new spring orchard blossoms. The central tree is the subject of the painting, and perhaps, the heart of the village.
I completed a much larger version of this same valley with bluebirds . . . the variations surprise me. Often, I paint these moments of transition from one season to the next within the same painting. I love to dwell in between these moments in my paintings.
As spring now approaches, this painting begins a rebirth from winter’s dormant solitude. It welcomes spring’s warm winds and the orchard’s blooming trees, along with nourishing waters from the melting snowfall on valley fields; all leading to fall’s inevitable harvest.