An exquisite original pastel by Mary Silverwood. This is the front entrance to the famous Rancho de Taos church in Taos New Mexico. Signed in right hand corner, undated. This is a large pastel measuring 21' X 29.
Frame measures 31" x 38". This pastel & frame are in very good condition. No fading on the art. Only four small scratches in middle of glass frame in upper center.No visible heavy scratches to frame. The art will be professional packed. After decades of painting the golden hills, redwoods, fir and pine of Sonoma County, California, I was ready to find some new motifs. I find the high-desert landscape endlessly fascinating. The great configurations of mountains, arroyos, mesas, ravines and compacted vegetation against the azure sky are powerful, and I have drawn strength from them. Composition and color are the most important aspects of my paintings. I have hundreds of pastel sticks in my studio, and just the colors alone are enough to get me started on a painting.
I draw upon the shades and tones of nature, but I like to exaggerate them, dramatizing the emotional exuberance that the landscape conveys to me. Pastels are especially responsive, they allow me to work quickly on black paper, moving from darks to lights as I go. Although representational, my paintings are grounded in the abstract elements of art. Values, textures, scale, line, positive and negative shapes, unity and variety are critical to the success of my paintings. I particularly enjoy using shadows and highlights to create interesting patterns on both the two-dimensional surface of the painting, as well as in the illusion of spatial recession.
I don't consider myself a sentimental person, and yet to convey the landscape to others, I must inject into the colors and designs my feelings and my response to what I see. That takes the image beyond decoration or a mere "reproduction" of an object or landscape and turns it into an idea that flows from the brain and the heart. The item "Mary Silverwood Large Original Framed Oil Pastel Rancho de Taos Church" is in sale since Thursday, July 2, 2015.
This item is in the category "Art\Paintings". The seller is "thetayloredhome" and is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This item can be shipped to United States.