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Many people that I talk with tell me that the desert is boring, grey and brown, no trees, nothing to look at. How odd, I think, the desert I see is full of color. Sometimes subtle, sometimes harsh, but not boring.
When I was a child I would play a game where I would look at an object in the desert and try to tell what color I thought it was, then look away from that thing. Not far, just a little. I would try to tell again what color the thing was. It amazed me that I could see more color in an object when I looked away from it than when I looked directly at it.
When I am out painting I am still challenged by the colors around me. I have had to learn that what I have in my boxes of pastels will in no way reproduce what I see. I can only approximate. But what is around me is so full of life and brilliant color that our title, Live and In Color, is the perfect description.
The colors I see are out there. I tickles me when people come back to me to tell me that they have seen what I see when they are out in the country. I like to think that maybe what I make helps people to look.