Eric Merrell

In the Carrizo Badlands


oil on canvas on panel
30 x 40 in.
35 x 45 in. (framed)
While out camping we make day trips, sometimes by vehicle, sometimes on hiking trails. I always carry a sketchbook and a set of colored pencils to make notes about potential ideas, searching for colors and shapes. You never know what you might encounter around the next bend in the canyon—the green of an oasis, a skeleton, or even a partially buried Viking ship.