Paul McMillan

Southwestern Landscape Painting

"Black Mesa"
18" x 24"
Oil on Panel
No. 155
In this Southwestern Landscape Painting "Black Mesa," an original oil on panel, I was inspired to create an image that reflected the monolithic buttress quality of this starkly beautiful Black Mesa; a well known landmark located a few miles outside of Espanola, NM. The Rio Grande flows through along the base of this mesa where the desert meets the treeline.
For approximately a year my wife and I lived a few miles on the other side of this mesa, that has many faces in the drama of New Mexico light. This mesa has a long history including many battles and is a sacred place for the Native American people who still live there in the pueblos of the region.
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