This “Patriotic” theme was painted to pay homage to 9/11. Freight Depot was the second southwest landscape I did with the patriotic theme. Patriotic Longhorns was the first, of which President George W. Bush owns a copy. This originally was painted in watercolor, with the Arizona Flag which adorns this typical southwest freight depot that came to life in 1939. With its Prickly Pear Cactus in the foreground and train tracks that disappear into the distance. It was Columbia Pictures that built this replica inside Old Tucson Movie Studios for the 1860’s movie “Arizona.” Many of those structures still stand today. This 1940 American Western film directed by Wesley Ruggles and starring Jean Arthur, William Holden and Warren William was the 4th remake of the 1913 film Arizona.
Creating Southwest Wall Art
Of course, this is a real departure from my Sedona landscapes of which I paint mostly. It was SouthwestArt magazine that lit my fuse to paint landscape images of the southwest. I happened to pick up a copy of it, while visiting and skiing in Jackson Hole, Wy. I looked through the pages; it contained everything from Sedona landscape art to R.C. Gorman and Nelson Boren in this excellent publication of SouthwestArt magazine. Right then and there I decided that when I returned home, this is what I’d be painting. This was before I knew that I would be making Sedona my home. I had no idea that Sedona landscape paintings and all variations of Sedona Art would be my mainstay in creating my art. Up until then, landscapes of the northeast was what I created. Beach scenes, seagulls and the like was my typical fare.
Southwest Sedona Landscape Paintings
While I love painting with watercolors, my current love is using acrylics, both heavy body, and liquid acrylics. Creating Sedona landscape paintings and any form of Sedona art is my current direction.