Paul McMillan

Southwestern Portrait Painting

"Eight Rain"
20" x 16" image
Oil on Panel
No. 15
In this "Southwestern Portrait painting, "Eight Rain,"an original oil on panel, I was inspired to paint what the desert environment does to the face of it's inhabitants. in the case of this painting I wanted to show my impression of what I saw that the harsh environment there does to it's inhabitants. It ain't so easy to live there and I wanted to show it in a painting. It is breathtakingly beautiful in Monument Valley, but it takes it's toll on some of the faces that live there. Done from memory and imagination after having visited the Monument Valley area. Harsh environment or not, the Navaho are a beautiful people with an ancient heritage in Monument Valley, AZ.
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