I live in a place where the beauty of surrounding mountains inundates the lives of those who live within viewing distance. That place is Taos, New Mexico in the Land of Enchantment. This very contemporary rendering of the mountains is another way to feel their splendor and emotion. Not a realistic painting, but something that comes from the heart.
Mystical Mountains, Monotype on Paper, 4 X 6 inches, $95 (unframed)
I don't often create Southwestern images, but this one rattled around in my head for a few weeks until I put it on paper. The colors are very New Mexican as are the mountains in all their glory. Probably the first of a few more of its kind to make an appearance in the next few weeks. Keep watching.
Mountain Glory, Monotype with Watercolor, 4 X 6 inches
This painting has been in progress for some time. Each time I make changes leading to more changes. It has a bit of a Southwestern feeling along with a touch of the mystics, a part of the place where I live and a part of what I read. Dead Souls by Gogol is my current read--a novel of 19th century Russia by one of Russia's foremost literary geniuses. Who know what the next changes will be comprised of? Since I am painting this piece from some place deep within my unconscious, anything might appear.
A tribute to the women of the Southwest who braved droughts, cold, famine, and more. Whether Native American or the Hispanics who settled here, the women held families together in spite of conditions often harsh and dangerous. This painting is a tribute to them and to all the women who followed and who persist to make the land and world a better place.
Copyright 2017, Charlotte Shroyer, Strength of the Land, Oil on Canvasboard
Two worlds merge in this design: prehistoric pottery of the Sikyatki of Hopi legend and the modern abstract world of Frank Stella. For years I have been fascinated by the ancient cultures of South, Central, and North America and the beauty inherent in both. The reptilian form, and especially the Great Plumed Serpent, figure prominently in Hopi culture. What to do with this form which I had put onto a screen for printing some 30 years ago? The “aha” moment came when a I viewed a Frank Stella exhibit at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. His approach to abstract geometric forms inspired me so much that I played with line and color in combination with ancient form.
Ancient Memories--Then and Now, Silkscreen with Oils, 7.25 X 7.25, $140 USD
Once again I have been inspired to paint a rendition of the Taos Pueblo, continuously in existence for centuries. Its magic inspires the people of the pueblo and the people of the town. Its very spirit dominates the land for peoples of the present and the future. I first came here in the 80s just for a day to visit Taos and the pueblo. Work on a new pueblo structure or perhaps repair on one of the existing structures prompted me to inquire about purchase of a pueblo building brick. I still have that brick. It has traveled to California, Nevada, and now once again back to its home here in Taos. I never wanted to live in Taos, but here I am years later--convinced that the magic of the mountain and the pueblo is part of my own spirit.
The Eternal Pueblo, Oil on Canvas, 9 X 12, $260 USD
I live in Taos, the town whose history started with this pueblo and its people. Although the main thrust of my work is contemporary exploration of the face and psychology of what lies behind, I continue to paint pueblo images to remind me of the beauty of this area. This piece is a limited edition, 4 of 25, almost completed covered by oil paints so that it looks much like the original. Maybe a reminder of your visit to Taos or maybe just a bit of the past of America to brighten your walls.
Back to more traditional artwork for a change. I love Taos and its pueblo, so every once in a while I paint a pueblo image to be shared with others. For those who like to remember the pueblo itself, this painting serves to do just that. Small enough to fit into a niche and large enough to be remembered.
Pueblo Mini, Oil on Canvas, 3" X 3" (image size), mounted on 5" X 5" gessobord, 8 1/2" X 8 1/2" (framed size
I paint many abstracted faces that appear out of mind, but every once in a while I like to paint a more realistic image. This is one of those images. Not any particular person, to me she personifies New Mexico in so many ways--a melding of the cultures inhabiting the land, Native American, Hispanic, Anglo, and more. Taos Pueblo is always a part of the landscape as here in this painting. It has survived for over 1,000 years and will continue to do so. All is part of the land, the air, and the people.
Beauty of New Mexico, Oil on Masonite, 12" X 9" (image size), $285 USD